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Exercise = Oxygen Mask?

Started my new job/ministry at the Falls Church Episcopal on Tuesday of this past week, and so it's been quite a week:

We’re beginning a brand-new service at the 9:00 a.m. hour on Sunday, the first time the Episcopalians will have worshiped on a regular Sunday morning basis in the new (large) church/sanctuary since getting their property back in April. We're also shifting the 10:15 service that takes place in the Historical Church to 11:00 a.m., and continuing with the 8:00 service there as well. And launching the Fall program year of Sunday School. And Adult Christian Education hour. And hiring a minister of music. And trying to figure out the keys.

So in  a week like that, ironically, the things that slip...the things we tend not to take time for...are things like exercise, prayer, and sleep: the very things that give us (at least me) sanity, groundedness and creativity. 

So I want to thank a colleague and friend of mine who sent me an email checking in on me, in which she gave me some great advice. (such as "sleep. If you don't sleep, you don't dream.") and where she said, in part: 

"Make time to exercise. I use the oxygen mask metaphor: when you're traveling by plane, the flight attendant tells you that if there's a change in cabin pressure, an oxygen mask will fall from an overhead compartment. If you're traveling with someone who needs assistance, PUT YOUR OWN MASK ON FIRST. 


"Cause if can't breath, you can't help the people around you breath. Your running time is your breathing time. You need it as much as the people around you need you to get it."

So: photo of shoes + attitude of "get exercise, especially when you don't have time for it" = photogratude for today. 


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