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Look Beyond The Snow

Friday, January 08, 2010

Trying to look beyond the snow lately has been very hard. That’s because it is everywhere!! I mean EVERYWHERE!!(just look at the view of the UK from space!!) The side streets in my village are snow packed and almost sheets of ice in places. The gritters have only come down the main roads which thankfully our cottage is on. Having a 4x4 has also allowed us to get out and about during these 3 weeks of frigid temperatures and snow day after snow day. I have cleared snow off our car and our back garden countless times.
For the past several months my husband and I have gone over weekly to his parents so he can take his mom out grocery shopping and I stay with his 87 year old father who is in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s. So today being Friday and grocery day we set off mid morning.
Having not been over since the last snow fall, I knew what would be waiting me….a driveway full of snow. Two weeks ago I cleared their driveway and I didn’t expect that they would have taken care of clearing the latest 5 inch accumulation. As we drove the 2 miles to their neighbourhood, the side streets in their area were as covered and packed with snow as ours. When we approached their house I could see the white soft 5 inch blanket of snow with several trails of footprints.
My husband and MIL left for the groceries and after I greeted my FIL I went back out to begin my task of clearing away the snow. I took on the task with the mindset of “Here we go again!” and wondered why didn’t some enterprising young kids that wanted to make some money come around and completed this job before we came over??? I could have been spared the discomfort of doing this.
I was making pretty good progress and had nearly half the driveway cleared when a neighbour came walking along the road, and as he passed he made the comment, “You’ve got a terrible job don’t you?” I just commented back something like it wasn’t even my house.
I continued shovelling and let my mind wander and it returned back to this stranger’s words….a terrible job….. Was it really? Was it really a terrible job? If I just looked at the all that snow, then yes it was a terrible job... a job that was going to take me over an hour to complete, a job that had me breaking out into a sweat, a job that caused me to shovel evenly from side to side as to not hurt my back. BUT, if I stopped and looked beyond the snow…..
If I looked at what each shovel of snow being removed symbolized it wasn’t a terrible job at all.. It was a job of freedom. Removing that snow was freeing my 87 year old in laws to walk out of their house without stepping through a snow drift to get to the road, it was enabling them to have people come to their house and walk on a cleared path. Once the snow was removed, freedom of movement could take place. But as I removed that snow, my mind also became free. Free from the negative thoughts of when I started and clear to see beyond the snow, to the clear path of freedom I had created.
So when I am faced with an obstacle that blocks my life-path, I will choose to look beyond that obstacle and see the freedom that moving that obstacle will provide me. I will not only be more free but also stronger and wiser from the experience.

  
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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/9/2010 4:01AM

    Wonderful attitude and thoughts Mary- let's hope however that the snow goes soon
xxx

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JERIBERI1 1/8/2010 5:43PM

    Great blog!!

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RHYNIC 1/8/2010 5:14PM

    Hey buddy, those pictures could have been taken in my village. As I was reading your blog the snowplow was going up my side street sprinkling salt. it's been snowing here for a while but it hasn't (there goes the snowplow again.) been accumulating.

I was so happy to read about your change of snow shoveling perspective. Life is all about how you see it. When we had our last snow storm (34cm of snow) I crossed over and shoveled what the snowplow had landed in my neighbors driveway. My neighbors are in their late 70's early 80's, and he has a heart condition. it was sunny, beautiful and I enjoyed the exercise. While I was shovel their son (a pushing 50ish year old man - and one of 5 sons who all live locally) showed up and commented on why I would be shoveling while I had 2 adolescent sons at home. Well I was shoveling because I wanted to help out. But I did wonder why he wasn't there to shovel.

hang in there, only 10 weeks to spring.

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LLLAWSON 1/8/2010 4:40PM

    Wow. The pics of the snow are beautiful. I'm sure it's a pain to deal with. But what a way to look at it. I have been complaining about the cold. It's 21 with a wind chill of 7. At least we don't have the snow. Stay Warm..

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MISSJCISRUNNING 1/8/2010 4:22PM

    Awesome way to make lemonade out of lemons!!! Plus the calories burned for shovling snow must be huge!!! emoticon emoticon

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She Smiled

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Today has been a relief from the past couple of days! I've been having to complete a major health and safety project for work. It meant going over what I had already submitted and supplying additional information, templates, records, etc etc.... and with a good friends critique I was pleased to email it off to the assessor last night!

I should have been able to relax this past week and enjoy being off for Christmas and the New Year. However, I HAD to get this project done because work tenders rely on it. Here's to praying I've submitted everything that was needed.

So back to the smiling woman.... I see her everyday and some days she just gives me a slight glance, or half a smile. A lot of the time lately I've been receiving a shrug or sigh and a shake of the head. I know she has been having a tough time lately and by the lack of energy at times she may even be sleep deprived. Stress with her work may have gotten to her or she might even be worrying about her children that don't live near by.

What made today different? Why the smile and praise? Could it be she caught up on her sleep? She's been able to relax a little? She heard from her family? She's been able to budget her time a little bit better? She was wearing some new Christmas gift clothes?
Not quite sure, could have been all of that, or none...but for one thing when I saw her smiling....I made sure I smiled back and it made me feel better too. After all, she lives in all the mirrors I look in, and she deserves all the smiles she gets!
Make sure you smile at your woman in the mirror!

  
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DPHIEBARBIE 1/5/2010 7:46PM

    Thanks for such a great post. I've been working so hard to find reasons to smile and sometimes i've just been smiling for no reason just to smile.

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CHBADILLO 12/30/2009 3:30PM

    this definitively put smile on my face :)

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BARBIET65 12/30/2009 1:29PM

    Oh... that was good!! Miss you hun!

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JILLWILSON2102 12/30/2009 11:59AM

    emoticon What beautiful smiles she shares with us. Mary you make my day always brighter!

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RHYNIC 12/30/2009 9:57AM

    I am not sure i will smile at the woman in the mirror...but the one on the other side of the big pond makes me smile.

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AAKROYD 12/30/2009 6:51AM

    Great post! Made me smile!

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The Day Afta

Saturday, December 26, 2009

It's Boxing Day over here in the UK. For those of you not in the know, NO it's not a free for all fist fight here. The history of the day goes way back...kind of related to voting, ballot boxes and the like.

Anyway, moving on...Christmas Day has passed, the presents are hung up, put in drawers, on bookshelves, given to someone else to eat (ALL that chocolate!!!) and the snow is still melting (but more may be arriving next week).
The meltdown I wrote about in my last entry passed and all got accomplished with time to spare...a very amazing feat!

Now I'm peaking back through these past few weeks to help me plan for the next one. A quick ponder of what is in store this day after.

A week from now it will be a new year, a new decade, with some of the same paths to trod. There will be responsibilities to take up again relating to work, family, organizations, etc. There will/are goals dancing around in my head that will/are grabbing hold of my mindset and pushing me onward to more.

There is one definite and, with finances allowing, a second marathon to accomplish during these upcoming 12 months. There is a training program outlined for me to jump into beginning 5 January! There is a commitment to planning, logging and sticking to a nutritional plan to see the positive results to enable me to be as fit as I possibly can for the training laid out before me.

It's time; the doorhandle is in my hand, the deep sighs of excelling breaths leave my lungs, my eyes close and the muscles in my arm and shoulder tense as I am about to yank open this new and awaiting 2010. What I will find on that other side is up to me.
I'm thankful that I am at least looking towards what awaits and what I am moving toward...becoming a better me. There is always the opportunity to do-over, to start again, to pick ones self up after dusting off the errors, mistakes, falls, lapses, relapses of days passed. I am doing just that this day after. Not replaying tapes of "why didn't you do better with where you wanted to be by this time of year, why aren't you finally at a normal weight for your height, why aren't you faster, healthier, leaner, more toned!?!" Yikes, erase those tapes, rip them up and burn them quickly!!! Today is a new day, a bright day-after-day, a new beginning day, and that kind of day doesn't have to be the start of a new week, a new year or even a new decade...it starts any day....it starts TODAY!

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/26/2009 8:21PM

    WTG!
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Christmas Meltdown!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Yikes! Is that really me babbling, about to cry for no reason, feeling tense and ready to bite a hunk outta someone????
Yep, that's me stressing out over the list of things to do around the house, the list of things to finish up so I can mail out to family, the items to be baked for the employees, the cards that need to be addressed and mailed so they get to the USA before 2010! Should I go on??! No, it's not a pretty sight and not worth describing.

This is what happens when I work without a plan, without putting my goals to paper and my to be finished by notations!!

So how do I regroup at this late date? How do I salvage my frizzing fissling overflowing mind? By taking things one at a time and make that list NOW and follow through with it.
Prioritize what I need to have done and work through that list. The gifts to the employees do not have to be finished today as they aren't getting their goodie bags till next Thursday, BUT the gifts to the grandkids need to get finished as they need to be in the post so they arrive BEFORE Christmas!!
BREATH....take some time to do AHHHHHHHHHHHhhh and get out of the house for a bit of exercise. The time spent away from the to do things is well spent so that when I return I have clarity of mind to get back to the next thing on my list!

Yes, I was fraying off at the ends yesterday and I may again before all is accomplished, but at least I won't puddle up on the floor and sit babbling in that puddle!! I'm getting through one day at a time!

  
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MISSJCISRUNNING 12/15/2009 7:26AM

    Love you Mary!!!!

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RHYNIC 12/12/2009 11:25AM

    I thought you had a picture of me at the start of this blog. lol

Today I am having a great day. I made myself a list yesterday and got all that NEEDED to be done, done. Wow what a weight off my shoulders. I still have lots to do, but now I can make a new list of priorities.

Make a list girl...and make the things that are stressing you out happen so that you can feel better and enjoy the holidays.

gail

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RAIDERMOM2277 12/10/2009 3:58PM

  Why is it that as women we all panick at he prospect of not getting everything done and done perfectly?! Enjoy your exercise time and when you come back, you'll be rejuvenated to finish off your to do list. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILLWILSON2102 12/10/2009 10:27AM

    Mary I just cannot imagine you puddled up on the floor, but we all have our moments, my friend. I, too, have a list that overflows. Just reminding myself that in two weeks this stress load will be alleviated helps. And knowing that what you are doing is from your heart - you can't give anymore than that, Mary, so as you said - BREATHE - and then power on!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 12/10/2009 8:17AM

    Hi Mary, yep that time of year has most women frazzled LOL.
Good luck with getting it all done; so far so good this end
Have a great Thursday hun
xx

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THERESEMB1 12/10/2009 7:55AM

    I second that LOL good luck and happy holidays!!!

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NUTRON3 12/10/2009 6:56AM

    LOL Good luck

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Celebrate With Me!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Not only is today Thanksgiving... but it's my 58th Birthday! YIKES!!! Just saying that almost makes me gasp! But the excellent news is, I am a much healthier 58 year old than I was a 48 year old!
Being over 3,000 miles away from my US family and friends doesn't mean I don't take time out each Thanksgiving to celebrate and today won't be an exception. The day is extra special because I am thankful for it being my birthday.
I've thought about how I want to get the day started this morning and thought how cool it would be to celebrate it with you reading this. Let's do a bit of a challenge...why not celebrate the day with me? OK, I know you can't physically get yourselves over here BUT we could do something healthy to celebrate!

Yes, it's a busy day, yes you have tons of things to do and yes the day will just zip by. But, why not give yourself just 58 minutes to join me in a run, a walk, a sport of some kind? How cool to spend the time together being thankful, celebrating a birthday, and being good to yourself all at the same time!!
I'm heading out for a 5.8 celebratory run on a favourite route of mine this morning. I will most likely get rained on, but while out there, I'll be giving my thanks for the ability to do this, for my friends and family near and far, and for all of you fantastic folks here on SP!
May each of you be blessed today and let's celebrate!!!
Hugs!

  
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RHYNIC 11/26/2009 7:41AM

    I will celebrate with you. I am not exactly sure how right now. Running 5.8 miles in 58 minutes sounds like fun, but today I had already promised a buddy that I would join her in a run. I am not sure that she will be able to run 5.8 miles at that pace. Our longest run together is 6 miles, but at a much slower pace.

SO I will wish you a happy birthday. And later tonight I will send you a note to let you know exactly what I did to celebrate your birthday.

Have a great day.

gail

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 11/26/2009 7:39AM

    Have a wonderful birthday Mary
xx

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SOOKIE 11/26/2009 5:05AM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Although its my scheduled rest day, I will join you by staying hydrated.

Have a emoticon day!

blessings,
Sookie

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