A Million Steps

May I challenge you to a million steps?

Will you be moved by my provocation?

Or, simply sigh and say, “I have done that countless times!”

The fact is, most of us have. We just weren’t counting, though. And…we didn’t do it all in one walk!

An average million steps is approximately 500 miles. Some of you have done that much simply by shopping at a mall over the course of a few years. Others are on their feet all day working, and others do a daily walk or hike–and just live life in motion.

We do get our million steps in. I have a few times over as one who has been a walker and hiker for years.

But, if I were to have asked you to sign a pledge and get it done via commitment, would you be more or less likely to get in the 500 miles and accomplish the million step challenge?

Every goal needs a workable deadline. Yes, it can be readjusted with major life changes or re-worked to accommodate days where we make other choices–like double-timing it the next day.

To succeed at reaching our desired and needed goals, how about setting yourself up with a deadline. I used to think I was so undisciplined that the only way I could get something done was by having a crunch time: a deadline with an “or-else” factor.

The issue wasn’t that I was undisciplined–though that may be the case, but rather it is a means to work with my personality type. There really should never be guilt in learning to work within our style. We do well to understand how to work with ourselves, like learning how to work with a busy four year old. Understanding, techniques, and loads of grace should be lent towards ourselves as we bite off big challenges. There is no harm in going for the ascent up the mountain!

Tell me, where is your mountain, what does it look like, and when will you climb it? If you want to walk in the daylight there are only so many hours till sunset.

There is your deadline: sunset.

sunset photo

I Paused to Ask Myself…

Rose, single

What will you ask yourself?

I was just getting up from my computer to run to the next to-do on my list when I paused to ask myself, “Why aren’t you writing?” Not at the moment, but period.

I love to write. Understandably, if I play the comparative cards, I will estimate my words as less important than others—yet the one person (or more), the ones who may need them may–NEED them. Or me, what about me? Do I need a chance to ponder and play, resulting in words on a screen?

Yet endless reasons suggest I have no time or place.

When I queried about “What will you ask yourself?”—can you imagine the benefits? A painter doesn’t paint solely for the end product, though it is what they are obviously looking towards. A writer doesn’t just write to be published—or even read. A golfer doesn’t just golf for the score card highlights—we do what we do because we must!

Does what you love to do creatively or recreational feed you?

You bet it does! I could easily lay a case for the benefits. I could remind you of health, soundness of mind, emotional well-being, productivity, accomplishment, confidence, JOY, etc! But right now I am just coming to you with the challenge of the question, “Why aren’t you _______?”

Let me know if taking a moment to answer my own question may catapult you to sit at the potter’s wheel, off-road, ride your horse, count your chickens, or whatever brings you joy and peace.

God made us to take time create, to take joy in it as well as rest and recreate! For the time spent doing what you love will pay you and others back, if we allow it.


(The rose photo was a shot I caught as I noticed her loveliness as I was briskly walking by to visit someone. I paused only for a moment, grabbed my phone, focused on the beauty,,, and it filled me.)