Monday, March 26, 2007
A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.
Playing it safe all the time is just that...safe. Not having to risk at all is also safe. Taking the plunge, cutting the cloth, sepping out in faith, etc all mean moving. Not just sitting around and doing what the routine says to do, but to go a bit beyond.
The quote is good, reminds me that I am not made to just sit around and wait and do things over and over again as I always have, but to stretch myself and see what I am truly capable of.
Routine can get very boaring also. Yes it is comfortable, but time after time after time of the same thing every time it is done, does get to be a habit. Today I will do something that is new, that might feel a challenge but it would be stepping out of my comfort zone and going beyond the me of every day to the me that is becoming. I will set sail and see where the wind takes me.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Stand for something or fall for anything.
What do I stand for? What is important to me? What causes have I made my own, and what do I need to step back from? Interesting thoughts and questions.
I guess to ask me what my passions are I would say right now my health. I stand for healthy living in all aspects of my being. That would mean the food I eat, the air I breath, the exercise I do, the habits I choose to have and on from there. My family is important. Without them there is nothing to connect with. Friends are great to have and nice to spend time with, but I do think there is a real connection with family...a history you might say that goes beyond just you, but back into the years. A shared belonging, a root, a line that just keeps going back, and forward as well. I am someplace on that 'family line' and it connects me with those before and those that have come after me.
I want good health for all that Iknow. I can't force this on them, but I can show them how I choose to live and perhaps it will rub off on them. I can only set these goals for me and if others want they can learn and have an improved life also. Some of my children think I am a bit crazzed with the running that I do, but that's ok...as long as these legs can carry me around a the pace I want to go...I'll keep running.
And on that line, you never know just how much time you have to grace this earth with. I am saddened today at the news of the tragic accidental death of a man that was very involved with the running circles here. He organized some races but mainly was the person who did the record keeping and provided the stats on-line on his website. He touched so many people's lives with what he did. He has left a void and it's such a shame. Weather he was a ever a runner I don't know, but he gave so much of his time to the running community. He showed his passion in his own way. He showed what he stood for, what was important to him. Thank you DC for all that you did. Bless you. Sorrow for those that are you biological family and those who comprise your running family.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
If someone posed that same question to you now, what would you say? Let this reflection be an indicator of your dreams.
happy, satisfied to be in my own skin, a loving person, a thoughtful person, kind, considerate, self secure, self motivated, creative, imaginative, content.
What a change from how I thought years ago. The what did I want to be when I grew up was based more on what profession did I want to do, not the type of person I wanted to be. That is more important to me now that what I do.
Perhaps that is because over the course of years I have done an array of things that it's not what matters to me. I want the happiness and joy of life now. That is what fulfills me. Just being me in my skin and not comparing to others and the oh I wish, and OH I want. No, it's the me I am that is most important. I want to be the best person I can be for me, my family, my legacy. That's what I will be whenever I finally grow up.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Speaking up with the tough questions
I know that I don't have all the answers, and sometimes I forget what I already know. There's no shame in asking why something is, or how to do a task correctly.
When someone asks me something, it helps me in return. I have to delve perhaps to find out the answer if I don't know it myself and thus I learn. If I do already know the answer than he helps me even further to check when I am explaining a thing that I truly know it. If I can't explain something than perhaps I don't know what I think I know.
Best for me then to seek the answer for myself too.
Bringing that to my food and life in general, I am still trying to find the answers to what my correct calorie count should be with the activities and level I do them at. I have to balance that out with my physical conditons. There are people out there with the answers, I will never find them unless I be the one to ask.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses.
- Norman Vincent Peale
What type of garden am I growing in my mind??? Boy do I sometimes let it get overgrown and left in disrepair. The weeds of self doubt, pity, name calling, etc take root and want to BECOME my garden.
But today I can make it look like it's been groomed by a gardner and nutrured to its full potential. Taking the time to be good to me, by spending time puttling the weeds out by the roots, to eliminate them from just springing back up again is looking deeply at myself.
Just as a garden needs water, sun, nourishment, so does my mind. I can let all the old thoughts choak what I am doing with my life today. I don't want that, so I repeat to myself how capable, competant I truly am. I now believe that to be true. I'll today surround myself with positive readings, people, and activites. I'll plan my day so as to not waste time. I will live free of weeds, and when I see them trying to take root, I'll get out the weed killer.
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