Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Magical Powers of Running Shoes

"I always thought of running as just dancing forward."
Tom Hiddleston




My running shoes are magical.

When I first put them on, it was to lose "baby weight", but they showed me that running was so much more than just exercise. 

They introduced me to hardworking, dedicated, like-minded people who inspired me to go farther, run faster and to challenge myself.  I hit the pavements in Dallas, soared through red rocks in Utah, escaped seaside in California, chased flying pigs in Cincinnati, and scrambled up Heartbreak Hill in Boston.

They've lead me through wooded trails so stunning that I thought fairies might pop out at any minute.  I've crossed canyons, climbed mountains and traversed plains.  I've plodded through mud pits, waded through waist-deep rivers and scrambled over jagged rocks. 

I've run with hippies, republicans and the homeless.  I've run alone and with groups. I've run with friends, my kids and my lovers. I've even run with famous people.
 
I've run fast, I've run slow.
I've won and I've lost. 
It's easy, its hard. 
I'm happy, I'm sad.

My running shoes are magical....they always encourage me to take the next step forward.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

On true friends, injury and breakups

"Two things you will never have to chase:
True friends, and true love."
Mandy Hale


There are two times in your life when you really find out who your friends are:
during a breakup, and during illness or injury. 

True friends are the ones that text to ask if you are ok.  They don't take sides.  They are non-judgmental, empathetic and understanding. They are not into drama, they are there for you. 

True friends are the ones that call you up and offer free swimming sessions.  They see if you want to ride or lift.  Sometimes you just go for a hike together, or they invite you to join them for their post run brunch.  They slow down for you.

True friends understand that you are in a heavy stage, and they help to take off some of the weight. 
They know.  They listen. 

True friends open their arms to you.  They don't pretend like nothing happened.  They don't pretend that you are not hurting.  They don't ignore the symptoms and assume that you will be ok.
They LOVE. 

Can you think of someone who needs your help? 
Don't make them chase you.  Be a true friend.






Sunday, September 18, 2016

Perspective

"What day is it?" asked Pooh.
"It's today."  squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day." said Pooh..
A.A. Mine
 
What makes the perfect day? 
Is it sunshine and smiling and kisses?
Awe, history and amazement?
Perhaps sex, wine and rock and roll?

What makes the perfect week?
Is it amazing food, conversation and laughter?
Movement, art and beauty?
People, passion, purpose?

What makes the perfect year?
Maybe serenity and abundance?
Faith, hope  and trust?

What makes the perfect life? 
Ah......That one's easy.
The answer is always- Love.




Wednesday, September 7, 2016

He loves me.....he loves me not.


"To LOVE, in the context of Buddhism, is above all to be there."
Thich Nhat Hanh



He loves me- and chooses me every day.
He loves me not- he is absent.

He loves me- and brings happiness to my life.
He loves me not-  I suffer.

He loves me- he understands my deepest troubles, my deepest inspirations.
He loves me not- he looks, but does not see.

He loves me- there is joy.
He loves me not- I am anxious.

He loves me- I am free. 
He loves me not- a caged bird. 

He loves me.   He is present.
He loves me.