I was quite hesitant to run outside today. It was a cold winter morning with a slight wind chill factor. I headed out anyway and went west. There was a chilly breeze that met me head on. My hands immediately were feeling icy cold. I kept going anyway thinking that the sun would come out behind the horizon and start thawing me out. True enough, as I made my turn back at the third mile, the first rays of sunlight greeted to warm my face. Gradually the air became crisp and comfortable. I picked up my pace as I headed home. I felt rewarded for deciding to head out today in spite of the cold weather.
My run today reminded me about the sacrament of reconciliation I went to last night. Prior to confession, I stayed on the cold and dark path of my anger and pride issues. I was aware I wasn't an angry person but I just let the feeling take over me for too long. However, I wanted to turn around and head towards the right direction. So I went to confession that night. Just like my run this morning, the decision to turn to God for forgiveness gave me a sense of joy and relief. I could relate my run to the meaning of repentance which comes from the Greek word "metanoia" which means "to turn around" or "to turn back". It was a meaningful way for me to prepare for Christmas Day which is just a few days away. I was glad I ran today and went to confession last night.