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Friday, May 19, 2006

So as to save this for me to remember, I have posted this to my journal - a lesson for us all.....

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand-lettered sign that read, " Daffodil Garden. We got out of the car and each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes.

The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns-great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow. Each different-coloured variety was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers. " But who has done this? "I asked Carolyn " It's just one woman, " Carolyn answered. " She lives on the property. That's her home. " Carolyn pointed to a well kept A-frame house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory.

We walked up to the house. On the patio, we saw a poster " Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking " was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs, " it read The second answer was, " One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and very little brain. " The third answer was, " Began in 1958." There it was, The Daffodil Principle For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun-one bulb at a time to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world.

This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of ineffable (indescribable) magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time-often just one baby-step at a time-and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things.

We can change the world. "It makes me sad in a way, " I admitted to Carolyn. " What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years. Just think what I might have been able to achieve! My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. " Start tomorrow, " she said. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use today?"

  


A Message from sparkie STORMCLOUDS

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Words of wisdom from StormClouds on the "Words of Wisdom on Winninig the Losing Game" group thread:

Never compromise a dream. Do what you must. The fears, beasts and mountains before you are part of the plan. Stepping stones to a promised land. To a time and place that is so much closer than you suspect. Don't let your eyes deceive, for even as you read these words, your ship swiftly approaches.
--The Universe

  


Rapid Recovery

Monday, May 15, 2006

The morning and/or late afternoon walks with the two new exercise steps are doing a wealth of good to my operative leg. I am not fighting a constant limp anymore. My "start up" pain after sitting has dimished quite a bit. I am still stiff and sore in the morning - but I can tell that my recovery is now back on track. Oh, my weight loss is back also, lost a pound last week and one more at weigh-in yesterday. Only two more lbs to go to meet my 6-1-06 objective. Will post again next week.

  


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

As my surgeon had advised, I walked last night (before posting) - with two new steps added to my mile walk that allowed me to work on a very small, but troublesome muscle on my right,inner, upper thigh - on my operative leg. One step was a "pep step" - quick small mini-march steps - about 50 to 100 steps (reps) at a time. The other was a step that had my right foot stay far behind me as I took a step with my left foot - this step streched my right leg out to its maximum - thereby streching tha troublesome little muscle. I interchanged the two "special" steps with my regular gait. Boy, was that mile walk PAINFUL! Took some asprin when I was done, a glass of wine and went to the spark site. Today at work, I got up from my desk about four times during the day to take a nice walk out in the parking lot for a mini, 7 min walk, repeating the stretch and pep steps - as I walked. I had some pain, but not as bad as the night before. I could tell that this was going to work! I am very excited about my recovery. It really has nothing to do with any bone loss or implant problems - the xrays were all great on the joint itself - this is all about muscle soreness and correction - with proper therapy. Oh, the doc says I can do crunches, dumbell lifts with my arms, neck resistance with a tension band and several isometric exercises with my upper body, while sitting. Life is indeed good. I should have this licked in about one month. Almost forgot the best part - doc says I can golf all I want! Whoopeeee!

  


Hip Check-up

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Saw my hip surgeon 5-9-06. I have a problem with pain in my thigh - almost 5 months after hip replacement surgery. Doc says it is not the hip, but muscles in the thigh. I have to stop all lower body strength exercises and let some of my outer thigh muscles recover.

However, I need to do some special walking steps during my one mile walks to help repair (strech) muscle in my inner thigh. One step is to extend my right leg behind me as my left leg takes a forward step, streching my inner (right) thigh muscle. Boy, this hurts like hell - it must be working!

The next step is really a series of 50 steps - the doc calls them "pep steps", short, quick little marching steps that fatigue the leg muscles over time.

I put these steps into my one mile walk about 50 %
of the time - as physical therapy. Hope it works! Will know for sure in one month.

  


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