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Saturday, December 28, 2013

What? Me work on my car? Not on your life...I'm woefully all-thumbs with most things mechanical as my wallet well-knows!

But: the one thing I enjoy about taking my car to have work done is that the shop is just a few blocks from the upper end of one of my favorite and most-well-traveled local park with it's trail. I "almost" decided to attempt to cx ski, but figured with temps heading for mid-40s the snow would be too skimpy...and it was: I kidded with a fellow who was there doing some cx skiing "You're making me regret not having brought my skis!" And he smiled, saying it was really "sticky" and not very pleasant skiing.

My plan was to walk / jog through Otsiningo, then a few blocks beyond the southern end I could connect to another park / trail at Cheri Lindsay which would take me along the river downtown where there was a blood drive today as I hoped to finally get around to donating blood. As some of you may know earlier this year in Feb. I "flunked" the Red Cross test for donating blood as my heart rate was too low, in the 20s & 30s. But since the cardioversion my heart's been bumped into a stable and healthy rhythm. So let's get back to the donor drill! HOWEVER, I mucked it up and thought the drive would run from 12 to 3 when it really ran from 8 to 1. I arrived 20 mins too late! I was pretty steamed over my mis-cue, but the last fellow there from the Red Cross said that they would've screened me out anyway as they look for a year to elapse after a health issue such as mine prevented me from donating. So put it on my list for Feb/March!

It was a PERFECT day for getting out with BOATLOADS of sunshine, lots of folks out using the trails (which always makes my heart sing!) including a few friends I caught up with along the way by surprise. However at 9 miles for the round trip I have to admit to feeling a lot more sore than I would like to be feeling...ugh! But it will pass...the sunshine and Vitamin D boost will linger through the deep freeze that lurks around the corner as the bottom drops out and we head for single digits by the mid-week.

A thought I had percolating during my walk is how focused we here at SparkPeople are over re-inventing ourselves physically and incorporating many lifestyle changes which support our "new" version of ourselves. This seems for myself and I think for many among us to lead toward broadening our re-definition of ourselves beyond the physical. Like gardeners, pruning, weeding making choices over what we want in our lives and what we don't...not only for our bodies, but our emotions, our social life, our spirituality. Working and nurturing our soil, choosing what to plant and how to foster deep, healthy roots and flourishing flora that speaks to our heart's content.

I have to credit Mary Chapin Carpenter here as a few of her songs inspired my thoughts along these lines during my walk today. She admitted to never wanting to be pigeon-holed as a country artist and has taken some bold, creative steps herself toward re-defining herself as being a singer-songwriter which speaks much more to the heart of her music:

What to Keep and What to Throw Away

Don't Need Much To Be Happy

Soul Companion (with special guest James Taylor!)

As we near our year's end many of us reflect on where we've been and what we want more of in our lives. My wish for myself and for each of you is that we listen to our hearts and follow through as best we can to breathe as much LIFE in our living as possible!


ps...on the lighter side...here is a fun link you might try. By answering these questions this website can tell what part of the country you are from. It's fun. I was a little disappointed that it appears I've lost my mid-west Chicago dialect and am pretty thoroughly upstate NY in my dialect:

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    As always, you inspire with your writing. Now I am challenged in 2014 to increase my walks beyond 5 miles. Keep Sparkin!
    1603 days ago
    And thank goodness we can grow and, as you say, "reinvent" ourselves inside and out. In fact, what becomes more obvious on this path is the degree to which these are connected. You put this so well.

    Every day is a new beginning and we have this one day -- here and now -- presenting an opportunity for further growth. I think growth is life -- I just got stuck along the way and SP provides a multi pronged vehicle to get "unstuck" and to grow - and therefore -- for me -- lose this defended heavy self.

    Each day a new beginning. Its a sacred path - determined intention to care for ourselves.
    1606 days ago
    Great job getting out in that fabulous weather we had. I too enjoyed the sun, but mostly through my sun roof. However, while we shopped at several stores I did tell hubby it was all about the steps!
    1607 days ago
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    1607 days ago
    Your blogs are so rich in info sometimes! Will listen to the tunes later, but took the quiz and found that I'm still dead-center Midwest even after 29 years in Germany!
    1607 days ago
    You are a constant inspiration for me, Don. I NEED some re-invention to help me with exercise through the winter. It's such a conundrum for me. BTW, I love the titles of the songs, e.g., "What to Keep and What to Throw Away," though I can't listen to them (over my KBytes with Sprint [damn them]).

    My! the dialect quiz was spot-on...Northern California for me. Thank goddess I have not picked up any smidgen of a southern accent in the (heaven forbid) almost 17 years I've lived here, since I find it most unappealing.

    Now here's a quiz for you! I missed one, in Grammatically Speaking:

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  • _VALEO_
    Thanks for sharing these songs! I wish you to reinvent your way to stay healthy in the upcoming year. And to go cx skiing on fresh snow!

    Without any surprise, I am a Californian "valley girl'... though when I speak, I can't fool anyone with my foreign accent! emoticon
    1607 days ago
    Well said! Wishing you all the best!
    1608 days ago
    Great blog. You inspire me.
    1608 days ago
    LOL... thanks for the reminder of the parks out there... miss 'em!

    As for the reinvention... yep, it's part of the big picture of LIFE, which we're all journeying through. You've done amazing things with yours, and I love your blogs.

    Also... about the dialect quiz? I took it twice, because I use more than one of some of the terms it offers up, depending on mood and who I'm talking with at the time! Both times my answers were honest.

    First time it gave me Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Rochester, NY. The second time it gave me Louisville, KY, Richmond, VA, and Washington DC. It didn't seem to recognize where I grew up at all (Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa)... guess it's a testament to moving around a lot, having an open mind and liking to learn new language? emoticon
    1608 days ago
    Reeeeallllyyy enjoyed reading about your visit to the car mechanic!!!
    Thx for sharing all of your thoughts on this wonderful day. I am looking forward to continuing my healthier journey in 2014 and beyond!
    1608 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That was a great blog. You are right about re-inventing ourselves on Spark, beyond the physical. We are working on nurturing ourselves in all aspects of our lives. Thanks for sharing the songs and encouragement to follow our hearts and to live life fully.
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