Friday, July 02, 2010
As I turned over the page on my perpetual calendar that sits on my kitchen counter, (I have used the same one for years!!) I had to turn it around to see today's reading. That was a realization that I am standing on the half way point of 2010.
This simple act brought me to take a closer look at the goals I set for this year and where I am in relation to them. Some are physical goals and others are accomplishment goals. Some I have made major progress on (like running marathon 7 and preparing for training for marathon 8) and others are slowly progressing, (seeing my weight finally moving downward again, working on next Health & Safety qualification) and others await my start (counted cross stitch projects).
I remember a saying I learned years ago; Half measures avail us nothing. I think of it often and of the things I have started and then just left; weight goals, projects of various types, well meaning ideas....
Staying at the half way point will not get me to the goal I am wanting. Just as I turned the calander around, so I too turn and move towards the goals I have set for myself to accomplish this year. I take action, not just plan; I cross items off my "to-do" list, not just keep adding to the list. I see progress and not worry about the perfection in it.
Welcome to July, welcome to the half way point that I am using as a way-point in my journey. Just as I use my Garmin when I run to measure my distance and then see where I have been on my journeys, I use today as point of reference to see what I have accomplished and what I lies ahead....and then I take that step into the remainder of my day, my year, my life. Thanks for stepping with me.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
I saved a life the other day!
Yep! I was getting the dogs' food ready in the kitchen when this whopper of a fly was flying around the window right over the kitchen sink. I tried swatting it with a towel, that didn't work. Then I took the plants and fruit out of the window to make it an easier target, still couldn't get it. I came close and it ducked away.
Finally I swatted it in such a way that it landed inside a small empty vase on the window sill. Ah! My moment!! With one hand over the top of the vase I picked it up and with visions of turning on the water faucet I moved the vase near the spicket. Then, before turning the water on as I looked at the fly, I let go of the spicket and walked out of the kitchen to the back door, hand still over the top of the vase. I then opened the door and released my hand to let the fly escape into the outdoors. As it flew away, I realized I made a pretty neat choice!
You see guys, it is all about the choices we make. They can be a split second action or a timely thought out decision, but in the end, they are our choices. What kind of choices are you making today? I hope they enrich your life.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
It's here!! IT's time!! And it only happens every 4 years!!
Your team has to qualify to make the 32 that actually participate!!
USA not only made it, it's now in the knock out stage!!
But that's not the only exictment for me this weekend!! Nope, Living here in England where Football (not soccer!) is a religion to many folks; there is a knockout match to be held as well!
I don't know how many of you have been following the World Cup play, but it has been exciting!! It looked like USA would be going home in the first stages but then, an amazing 92 min goal and exitment!! Just check out this link!
I was so excited the folks next store must have heard me cheering!!! I'm hoping that will be repeated today (tonight for me) as USA goes against Ghana!! I''m flying the colors over here!!
Then on Sunday...It's ENGLAND v Germany!! A classic match up and all to play for! The flags are definatly flying from the houses, the cars, windows, and atop flagpolls! It will be an amazing match to watch! COME ON!!!
I do love my running, but this time of year, every 4 years, I become a super football fan!! GO USA!!! GO ENGLAND!!!
So very disappointed about the USA going out against Ghana! Now it's Sunday and it's all up to ENGLAND to do the magic!! COME ON!!
England has been defeated by Germany today and are out as well. So disappointing and what a disaster score! 1-4!! There is always the next WC in 4 years!
Friday, May 28, 2010
Living in the North West countryside area of England provides me with many opportunities to leave behind the asphalt when I head out for my almost daily run.
I've recently taken advantage of the slightly warmer and dryer weather to explore a bit more of the local public footpaths. I am going to call these my "Ramble Runs". You can see the "ramblers" out and about on just about any given day. They are usually groups of walkers with sticks, packs, maps, hats, boots, etc! Way too much gear for my liking.
I prefer to go it alone, with my hydration waist pack, my Garmin,a map and some music softly playing in my ears to encourage me along. Before setting out I do a bit of computer research to find a footpath map of where I am wanting to explore. I don't want to get out there and not be able to find my way across an expanse of land.
Some of the best paths I've found are the ones that snake through the woods and present you with a fairyland type setting. The ground is carpeted with bluebells and decorated with various others flowers and ferns.
When the path crosses over a stream often a footbridge is a pleasant surprise.
With footpaths criss crossing this area I know there are many "ramble runs"for me to explore. It's no wonder that each year I look forward to the Lakeland Trail Series up in Cumbria. Simply amazing races/challenges that utilize some of the more rugged and terrain challenging paths of approximately 12K-17K. Looking forward to the Kentmere event on 5 June.
Why not have a look around where you live and do a bit of rambling of your own!!
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