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Coming Around the Bend...Inspired 'Millwork!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Thx to EVERYONE for the well wishes! A good night's sleep has made a big difference...not out of the woods, but coming around...! I HAVE been taking my penicillin faithfully since Sat., just felt a bit discouraged yesterday as it just didn't seem to be making any difference. I'm always skittish about taking antibiotics as I don't want them to lose their potency so that when I REALLY need them to work, they WILL!

Anyhow, I took the day off from working out yesterday, pretty rare for me! And listened to my body and got a good night's sleep.

This morning's 'millwork was fairly inspired as well. Remember the book / movie, 'Running With Scissors'? The scene where they randomly point to a name in the phonebook as an "omen" or "answer" to a question posed by the family? What fun! :-)

I sorta use my mp3 player in a similar way sometimes...it's always set to 'shuffle' so I never know what's coming up next. Sometimes it seems to 'pick' just the right tune and today was one of those times.

I have a surprising number of tunes on my player which aren't really fast-paced, some outright ballads...but often these tunes have messages which are inspirational and motivational...doesn't matter that they're in-sync with my steps!

John Lennon's "God" popped up...and after denouncing every deity he says: "I just believe in me!" I then remembered why I chose to put that song on my player: the declarative pronouncement that *I believe in myself* is what I do every time I get on the treadmill, lift those dumb bells, hop on my bike or into a kayak! And no matter what one's spiritual practices may be, I believe that when we believe in ourselves, take care of ourselves we are tuning into the will of our God, Allah, Buddha, etc.

Then came James Taylor's "Carolina In My Mind"...his singing of going to Carolina in my mind seemed to resonate a sense of *centering* and *grounding*...I can go to "Carolina" whenever I want to by hitting that *zone* during my workouts. Although this song didn't pop up, I thought of "Song For You Far Away" and felt a sense of channeling to my family which is flung out across America as if someone took a paint brush and flicked us across the continent far and wide...but this song seems to bring out a sense of connectedness nonetheless.

Although my player didn't seem to pick any up-tempo tunes (other than one, can't remember what it was...) which could get me to pick up the pace beyond my baseline of 4 mph @ incline of 10, I felt it was telling me to take it easy, enjoy your 45 minutes...you can kick it up a notch some other day.

Which I'm sure I will!

Have a SPARKING day everyone!

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    I missed your illness. So glad you shared your songs. I am always so impressed at your poetic perspective. I particularly like your image of Song for You Far Away, channeled to your family. Nice, Don.
    3174 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the ear problems --- I was having a similar problem before I left for the States a month ago and still have a bit of residual "sloshing". It sounds like your shuffler knew you needed a more relaxed workout as you recover and as you take those antibiotics!

    Thanks for the welcome back...I missed SP for sure!

    3181 days ago
    So glad to "hear" from you, that you're on the antibiotic and will be protected from auditory harm. Had me going there for awhile! Had more than some of us worried about you! You are just such a Heartbeat of SP. I'm amazed you're back working out already, and posting, and getting on with it, not lolling in bed pleading illness, which says a lot about your core strength and fortitude. I am much relieved you sought treatment, and hope your infection clears readily!
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