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love and kindness

Thursday, March 29, 2007

A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison.

How am I treating this guest chamber for my soul, this temple, this magnificent vessel called my human body? Am I doing kind things to it or abusing it with too much food, not enough sleep, driving it to stressed out condtion?

Just as the quote says at the top, I can create a prison or a guest-chamber, a temple! Boy what a difference between a prison and a temple! Filth, decay, stench, lack of freedom is what comes to my mind when I picture a prison. Dark, dank, hostile. YUCK! That is not where I want to reside.

Then I look at what a temple is; bright, light, richness, plush surroundings, clean, marble floors, walls, just simply beautiful surroundings. THAT is where I want to reside. Having the freedom to move about, to do, to see, to experience that which I want.

What is it that will make the difference where I reside?? Love and kindness! Loving myself enough to be kind to me. Doing what will benifit my body and feed my soul! Today I will be kind. Today I will love myself.


small does matter

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.

Small does add up. Actions do mean something. Words are just words. Acting ON somthing instead of just thinking about doing will get results.
I forget sometimes to follow through on what I think. I get sidetracked with other 'things' that what I want to do gets pushed aside.

I don't have to send a novel as an email when just a simple thinking about you message will do. I let things pile up with the intention of doing them. Then I get overwhelmed with the ALL or nothing mentality. Keeping it all simple helps and keeps me up to date.

It's those little steps that do get me to where I am going. No matter how slow I go, I will get there. Not to talk the talk but walk it (or run) to get where I am heading.

So leaving the good intentions on the floor and doing the actions, even if they are small to me, they may loom large to someone else. My measuring stick isn't the same as everyone elses.



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.


Stand Tall

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.


When I grow up I'm gonna be.....

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.


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