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puddles

Monday, June 25, 2007

Where is Summer? I just want to know if someone took it away and we'll see it again! Should be nice and toasty warm but nope, not how it was today!

Didn't matter as the roads called and good friend and I hit the hills, puddles,slick sidewalks, rivers going down the street and all! Yep, the wind was in our faces, the hats were securely fastened, water-proofs in place and a sense of humour was the mood of the day.

When I run, I don't give notice to stepping over puddles. They are there, the shoes will dry out and I just keep on going. Oh I do get a soaking, but that is why I have another pair of shoes to alternate with. It's kind of like running a stepplechase race with the water hazzards. If you have to land in the H2O, you just deal with it.

Nice attitude to have. Just deal with things in my life. Don't try to detour around them, jump over them, stop and stare, nope just keep going and know that I'll get through it just right. The rain WILL fall, I WILL get wet, but I WILL keep going!

  


snapshots

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Had a great run this morning. Can't get away from the hills but they are what are helping to strengthen my being and my inner warrior. I had crested another long incline and then made the turn to go down one of the side country roads when my mind just took a snapshot of the view in front of me. There it was, the valley below, green carpet hills further on and the highest moor hills beyond.
How beautiful to be able to see that and just capture it in my mind's eye. It's there to always pull back when ever I have the desire or need.
Actually my entire day is made up of snapshots. Moments that I can freeze, hold to my memory and pull back again. I have a gallery of them in my mind, just like I have an photograph gallery on my computer.
Time can alter the image of a snapshot, so can my mind. The more unpleasant ones I can allow to fade away not to recall again. The more pleasant ones I can make more vibant and enhance the picture and can write about it.
I do enjoy the snapshots of my life.

  
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BABISAS 6/20/2007 9:01PM

    What a great idea to let the "unpleasant ones" fade! I need to start doing that!

I just started reading your blog, but I love your writing style! are you a journaler as well?

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In The Mirror

Thursday, June 14, 2007

She is supposed to be my friend, my reflection, my likeness. Then why do I treat her so unkind at times? All I see so often are her imperfections, her flaws, that bit I think could look better. I judge her, comment on her skin, her clothes, her hair, a wrinkle here, a buldge in the clothes there. Everthing is under my watchful and critical eye. Would a friend want me to act like that? I don't think so.

If I was like that to a close friend I don't think they would want to be around me. I think they would avoid contact, of finding something else to do instead of hanging around with me.

Time to take a better look in the mirror, let her know that she is beautiful, that she is kind, she is attractive, she wears her clothes great, her skin is radient, her smile has a twinkle, her eyes dance, her hair shimmers. Yep, time to be more gentle to her, to love her, treat her with respect and believe all that I tell her. After all, that's me I'm talking to. So the journey continues and the two of us are making great progress!

  
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SIRENA3 6/17/2007 9:50AM

    Thanks for putting into words what some of us feel!!! I do make a point, on a daily basis, to look at myself and find positive things. I guess I have trouble with the concept of aging gracefully... ;-)

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WANT2LUVMEAGAIN 6/15/2007 1:28AM

    truer words were never spoken. is it allright with you if i print it out and post it everywhere so that i will have a constant reminder? andra

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HEALTHYWRITER 6/14/2007 11:19PM

    This is a reflection worthy of copying and posting near the mirror. ;) They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... perhaps if I smile at the face in the mirror, she'll smile back.

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HOPE81 6/14/2007 6:32PM

    Very nicely put!
We can all relate to that.
Hope

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W8WHITTILER 6/14/2007 6:30PM

    Wow, that's deep.
I really enjoyed and can relate, thank you for sharing yourself and your "friend".
Patty

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BLUEFISH2 6/14/2007 5:45PM

    You are a gifted writer and I really enjoyed reading your blog. Congratulations on all of your success. God bless.

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CYNTHIAS50 6/14/2007 5:20PM

    Very powerful words! I loved it, and I really need to look in the mirror too! They say a person is their own worst critic! Thanks so much for sharing!
God Bless,
Cindy

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MICHELLE215 6/14/2007 5:19PM

  Very beautiful and so true. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it.

Michelle

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LOVELIFE01 6/14/2007 1:05PM

    WOW! if that couldent be more impactfull!, that brought a tear to me eye, I will have to copy this, did you write it?, that was beautifull, thanks, love ya and Godbless.

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MISSJCISRUNNING 6/14/2007 12:10PM

    Beautiful words that I so needed to hear!!!! Thank you for the reminder!! Have a wonderful day! Jackie!

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Friends

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Can't imagine life without them. Miss the ones I have had to leave along the 'lay-bys' of my life. So thankful for those that are walking along side me on my journey.

I can remember when I moved to a new location and had to leave the close and dear friends I had made in only a short year of living someplace. How my very core ached and hurt. It had not been my decision to move, but rather one that I reluctantly was forced to agree to. That made the pain of leaving good girl friends even deeper.

I don't think I ever really get over the moves I have made and leaving my life friends. I know that over time the contacts lessen but I can never forget the times spent with them. They were/are a part of me. I have the memories, the pictures of our times together. I am thankful for that.

So that is how it is now. I don't have that many close friends over here, but thankfully there are some. Running the Race For Life last night and having two women there with me made the entire evening a golden memory. To finish hand in hand with someone I have known for 5 years and for the past 3 we have run this race together and finished together is awesome. I didn't think that would happen this year as she was a bit ahead of me, but as she tired I caught up to her and with a shout of encouragement she started running with me. We laughed as we crossed the finish line, hugged and were elated. She thanked me for being her inspiration and encouragment to get her involved with this race.

Yep, friends......there are those that are like crayon rubbings; only surface type. And then there are those that emboss themselves to the fabric of your life. I'm thankful for those who have taken the time to emboss my life.

  
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JEANAC 6/7/2007 6:43PM

  sometimes it seems like to much effort to keep making new friends but Im glad i've made the effort as there freindship has paid off in so many special ways.Im a much better freind to both old and new friends. jeana

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A Work In Progress

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying."
Friedrich Nietzsche

Something I need to remember. I think at times I just want to head over to the airstrip, jump in the plane and soar. Nope, can't just take off. I've got to go through the proper growth to be able to soar with the eagles.

I wasn't born with wings, I'm a creature of the ground and how can I expect to fly without an evolving process? I can't. There is much involved in flying, it's not as easy as standing, and then becoming mobile by walking. Then of course running takes even more skill. The breathing for one thing has to be mastered. It's not a flat out sprint either, it's a gradual bit by bit more at a time. Then as practice leads to progress, distance, stamina, speed are added.

Climbing and dancing are also added to the ability of walking and running. Additional mobility. Alternate ways of moving. Then, it's time to soar. Practice lessons, trial attempts, and then at last, flight. But short flights, return to base and then refueling, check equipment, and time and time again a little longer flight. Before I know it, I'm out there. But I have to remember at any time I can crash and burn.

It's a humbling experience to know that I am always needing to take progress bit by bit. Not to run and jump into something but let myself learn, and relearn if/when necessary. I am a continual work in progress.

  
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ANNE7777 6/5/2007 9:51AM

    Waxing philosophical--humble is good, but you have every right to be PROUD!
Keep it up STRONG WOMAN! {{hugs}} Anne

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