Mid-November: the leaves are almost gone, darkness falls early, and you can feel the pre-holiday pace quickening. While it’s easy to get distracted by the busy-ness (squirrel!) and chaos of daily life, it only takes a moment, a breath, to give thanks. It’s time for this week’s list!
- Finding and reading books by people who are doing or have done amazing things, despite some tremendous challenges, pain and difficulty
- Kabocha at Trader Joe’s!
- My treadmill, and that I CAN run
- The gas line repair happened safely and on time
- The return of the internet (cable, phone, TV) to the house after an ill-timed, unexplained outage
- Finding even more ways for me to improve my running (I have so much room for improvement), smart people sharing info for free! Examples include Sally McRae‘s quick strength exercises on her IG account (look for the “play” button and #betterathleteseries) Also heard tips on training for downhill running/fast feet from the great Ian Sharman – who sounds like a terrific coach – on this ep of TrailRunnerNation, and these tips on getting faster from David Roche in TrailRunner’s newsletter – his articles are practical and laced with humor. Now, to “find” the time….it’s “just” a matter of choices in how I spend my time. Is what I’m doing RIGHT NOW moving me toward one of my goals? If not, why am I doing it?
- Inspiration in podcasts – like this concept from Alexi Pappas (I’m a fan) in an old podcast ep “I learned I could contribute to the team with a positive attitude even if/when I couldn’t contribute with my legs.”
- I think I got my music moved from one computer to another in iTunes, podcasts and files still to come
- Caffeine in my tea (now it’s time to wean off again)
- Friends at work
- Having ideas about things I want to do in the future – whether races or projects – and being reminded of past ideas for things I wanted to do (that I hadn’t thought about in years) – so many possibilities!
- A tweet from Action for Happiness reminds me of a Buddhist principle about whether what you are about to say “improves upon silence”. A good approach all the time, but perhaps especially handy for any stressful holiday get-togethers. Before, you speak, THINK:
- T – is it true?
- H – is it helpful?
- I – is it inspiring?
- N – is it necessary?
- K – is it kind?
(The Buddhist version asks if what you are about to say is true, kind, or necessary.)
- Being forgiven when I let my stress get the better of me and say something boneheaded and possibly hurtful – definitely wasn’t an improvement on silence.
- Finding a 100% gluten-free restaurant to eat at on our road trip (I’m so excited!), and that DH is thoughtful and generous in taking the time to detour out of our shortest path to go there, and that we CAN go there.
- Being able to do my long run at home instead of on a hotel treadmill
- People like Maggie Doyne, CNN’s 2015 Hero of the Year, and the others listed here. At 19, Doyne took $5,000 she had saved from babysitting and used it to help women and children in Nepal, including starting a school. Nick Kristof wrote about her in 2010. If you want to read more about “regular” people taking on causes and challenges, you might want to read Kristof’s book, co-authored with Sheryl WuDunn, A Path Appears. They are also the authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. I’m so grateful that there are so many people in the world who care about others and want to help, try to help, however they can.
- A reminder in an IG post from Billy Yang, talented filmmaker and ultrarunner: “Why the obsession with worldly possessions? When it’s your time to go, they have to stay behind…so pack light. Live the story you want to tell.”
What are you thankful for this week?
Who or what is inspiring you or making you think of possibilities?