Pacing and Rhythm

© 2000 Michele Toomey, PhD


June 8, 2000

Since life is a marathon, not a sprint, pacing and rhythm are essential if we are to travel with integrity over the long haul.

To address pacing is to confront our expectations, our desires, our dreams, our hopes, our fears, our dread, our complexity. They are the propellant, the energy source, the force behind the movement. If they are renegade forces not governed by integrity, they prevent pacing and dictate racing and frenetic movement.

Confronting expectations, desires, dreams and hopes, requires a hard look at wishful thinking and fantasy. Integrity dictates honesty not fantasy. Look hard and look straight at yourself as you confront what you want to be true and possible and assess what you think and feel is actually true and possible. Together, decide what's okay to hold up as goals and then sit down and talk about pacing yourself to make them a reality with a rhythmic approach. Try to feel the momentum generated by pacing and rhythm. Let it permeate your being. You will like it and that will be a new experience.

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