Friday, July 15, 2011
Well now! So far so good this week. Got a little screwed up on my dates when posting food and exercise (find I still get a bit confused navigating this site, except when it comes to getting Spark Points! I love doing that!). Still nursing this bum knee, but I find if I wrap it real tight with an ace bandage I can walk better and do some light aerobics. Got out my old Denise Austin and Jane Fonda step-aerobic tapes (yes, not DVD's, but tapes!). If they were good enough for the '80's, they're good enough for the 21st Century! Cardio is cardio...right?! I live in the desert of Southern California (possibly one day the State of Southern California, in case you hadn't heard!). It gets hot here, like, really hot! How hot? Often 110 or more. Tonight the power company will be doing upgrading on the electrical supply system for my area. From 10PM until 6AM we will have no power. No air conditioning, no fans, no nothin'! Bear in mind...it can be over 100 Degrees at 11PM. I am not happy about this at all, not one bit. I don't know how we will get any sleep. At least I don't have to get up and go to work...I'm retired, however, not by choice.
I had an interesting thing happen this week. As you may know, Betty Ford passed away this week. She lived here in the desert for about 30 years. They call her "The First Lady of the Desert." She was very well known here, and well loved, as well she might be. She accomplished much here and did a lot for the people here in the desert. You might say she truly found her oasis here amidst the sand and the cactus and the golf courses.
The "processional", if you will, carrying her casket passed right by our residence on the way to the airport for her final flight to Michigan and burial. Many people lined the road to watch it pass, myself included. I almost didn't; I'm glad I did. Something unexpected happened...I got teary eyed watching the motorcade pass by, with lights flashing and US flags waving and even people saluting. It was very moving. Even her son, Steven, waved at us from inside the car. But here is what really moved me...a life well lived. Betty Ford, for all her short-comings and failures, lived life as a total winner, with honesty, integrity, compassion, forthrightness and openness. She allowed herself to be vulnerable. A life of beauty. She may have been an "accidental First Lady", but the way she approached life was no accident. She met each challange head on. That's what I'm striving for. To look back one day and be able to say about myself..."a life well lived", although never perfect. To do that, one must really live each day, one day at a time! RIP, Betty!
I had an insight about weight and largeness as a barrier to hurt, but that discussion must wait for another day.