I’ve been a tall girl since forever, long and lanky. Foolish uncles would jibe, ‘Girl, you goin’ be first in the league you keep growing like that.’, as if I could turn off my grow button. Furthermore, what kind of mess was that to say to an eleven-year-old girl? Didn’t they know how hard being heads over everyone else was? From that age on, I was determined to never play ANY kind of ball- basketball, dodgeball, beachball -TAKE THAT!
Track and field was my sport. ‘Quarter-horse’ my dad called me because I owned my race and I liked to win. In fact, the only thing worse than losing was… practicing – around and around, training miles and miles, to run one lap. However, I had an amazing coach that trained me beyond the track. I still use a lot of her coaching in everyday practice. ‘Run curve to curve.’, she would say. ‘Anybody can run a straight line but the race is won in the curve.’
Running the curve calls to action both your physical and mental skill-set and requires them to work connectedly. To know the curve is to:
• Lean into it – to take the curve you must work with the curve and mentally visualize your body in that exact bend. Give it too much and you’ll lose balance.
• Keep it tight – you have to stay close to the inside line of your lane, running as close as you can to it without crossing the boundary into the next lane.
• Dig into it – you will use most of your muscle and might in the curve to maintain control of your movement. Everything has to be tight but remain fluid.
• Maintain your stride – no matter what you hear coming up behind you, focus on YOUR stride.
Many of us have said Amen to the phrase, ‘Marriage is a marathon, not a sprint.’ But, how many of us were prepared for the race? Getting married was simply calling everyone to the blocks: Ready, set, GO! Being married is the practice – the ‘round and ‘round, that wears on the unprepared. If you imagine that dating was the straightaway and marriage is the curve then you’ll understand why the curve is where the race is won.
• Lean into it – keep yourself in perfect alignment with the purpose you and your spouse share for your marriage.
• Keep it tight – your vows are the boundary of your lane, the inside line being the core of your vow to one another – love, honor, cherish, for better or worse.
• Dig into it – when problems arise DIG! With all of your might brace yourself to take control yet remain fluid to accept flexibility or change.
• Maintain your stride – How someone else conducts their marriage is not your race. You can’t run a tight curve looking back and forth at who’s doing what.
On your marks… Set…