Exercise. Exercise. I know, I know. You know, too, don't you? We all know how much we need to exercise. So we do it--not necessarily because we want to do it, but because it's good for us.
For me, there's one kind of exercise that's good for me in every way--good for my body and my soul. And that's walking with a friend.
So today I made a date to walk with one of my best friends, Libby Acuff. (Now for a little shameless name-dropping: Libby is the mom of New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff.) Isn't she the cutest thing?
Brené Brown speaks about the need to have the kind of friend "who would help you move a body." Libby is that kind of friend for me. Fortunately I've never needed that particular kind of help, but Libby has talked and prayed and loved me through some really tough times over the years.
Libby and I walked and talked today for an hour and a half. Honestly, it seemed like 15 minutes. When I exercise by myself, I have to find something to occupy my mind or else the time drags oh-so-slowly. When I walk with a friend like Libby, the time whizzes by.
If you're in need of some encouragement, I highly recommend walking with a friend. It'll raise your heart rate and your spirits at the same time!
Do you have a friend "who would help you move a body"? When was the last time you walked with her (or him)?
This post is the sixteenth entry in a 31-day series: Caring for Myself Body and Soul.