I could have dropped out too. But, I kept thinking that I would hang in there for as many days as I could until something got in the way. I thought the weather would do it...but so far I have only walked in the rain three times...and this is the rainy season. I thought maybe having guests or conferences would interfere but I was still able to get out there.
Perhaps it's because of the heaviness of our work load. The things we hear in the counseling office are oftentimes overwhelming. When I go out to walk I can leave all the stress out there. As I lace up my shoes and then walk out the door I feel a lightness come over me. If I am in a bad mood I know that walking will lift it. If it's been a great day then the walk feels like the icing on the cake. If I don't feel well physically walking relieves the pain.
I cannot imagine giving up this habit. It has changed the way I feel, think, and look. It has given me an inner confidence, shown me that I can accomplish a goal if I set my mind to it, and filled me with peace. And for all of that I am so grateful. 22 more days to go!