There is a certain phenomenon in running when everything falls into place and you feel like you can run forever–this is called ‘flow.’
Crossfitters and other athletes experience this too: where your body and mind work together so well, you KNOW this game or fight or race or WOD is yours.
It is part training, part mental focus, part relaxation, and part endorphine high.
Flow is also elusive: the more you think about accomplishing it, the more it slips away.
It is not about ‘thinking;’ it’s about ‘knowing.’ It’s a difference I can hardly even put words to. You just have to be there once, even for a moment, to understand.
Buddhists probably have a term for this.
Many of us add a spiritual component to flow–a higher power that gives you this ability to face a giant with a slingshot and walk away with more strength than an entire army.
Last week my life was in the groove.
I hadn’t had a job interview since 1994, and last week I had three, back to back. I walked away from each feeling that I’d nailed it. When my resume didn’t speak for itself, I was able to put in the right words.
When you’ve been trained to move around like the stage crew, working, hidden between scenes of someone else’s play, it’s hard to step into the spotlight–to sell yourself. To make a potential employer see that you are worthy of the job at hand. To make them see that they would be foolish NOT to hire you.
But the thing they don’t tell you about the groove, is that you still work.
Your muscles still extend and contract; your lungs might burn; your feet still hit the pavement with up to three times the force of your bodyweight; though you feel like you’re flying, no one carries you to the finish.
To put it in Crossfit terms: even those with the most unrelenting thrusters still leave a puddle of sweat. They make it look easy, but it’s not. We all know it’s not.
Life is this way too.
Even in the groove, you have to work. There is no coasting through life. And when you have a goal, you can’t give up on it–despite the naysayers. You have to give it a shot. You have to use your talent, your wit, your strength to get out and accomplish things that are hard.
The challenges will come in droves, and it’s easy to get bogged down by them–to let them frighten or overwhelm you. But you can’t turn away. You have to press on.
You have to relax and put out that positive energy so you can receive some positive energy back. It’s incredible when that happens.
That’s when we find our groove.
If I worry about potential deadfalls, I’ll lose my cadence. It’s better to just run, and deal with the challenges as they come across my path.
And I know they’re coming. Challenges are on the left and on the right, behind me and in front of me.
But I’ve got to carry on. To let life flow.
It’s still hard.
But eventually, I’ll get to the finish.
And there’ll be a new race to run.