Friday, August 20, 2010

Never Give Up!!

When I was in Ladakh India(back in the days of when I had $'s to travel) I heard the Dalai Lama speak and I bought some things to remind me of his talk. The saying below hangs from one of my closet handles but I don't always read it. I did today and it is exactly what I needed to read:

Never Give Up

No matter what is going on
Never give up

Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
is spent developing the mind
instead of the heart
Develop the heart

Be compassionate
Not just to your friends but to everyone
Be compassionate

Work for peace
in your heart and in the world
Work for Peace

And I say it again

Never give up
No matter what is happening
No matter what is going on around you

Never give up

I take this to mean, never give up on your dreams no matter how impossible they seem, never give up on your goals and ambitions. I feel the world pushes people to compromise their dreams and goals. I think this means never give up being a human and responding to people from a humanistic perspective. It is funny I am on the Jane Addams Hull House mailing list and there is a huge birthday celebration for her on September 9th. I never realized she was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, I just didn't know that. The Hull House is a great email list to get on because they sponsor really informative events in particular the Soup Kitchen and the Tuesday Farmer's Market at UIC.

The world sometimes pushes people to sink to a very low common denominator of behavior, thoughts and interests but you can never give up on what you care about. So happy to read this, maybe it is the H and H weather we have been having but I had a very discouraging week so I need to really take these words to heart!!!!!!!!! And get myself to yoga tomorrow at Yogaview, and Sunday...yoga always makes things better and get out and run as well, running always makes things better, being outside always makes things better and I definitely was not outside enough this week and I feel it mentally and physically but I can't give up!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Saturday, August 14, 2010

How to Fund a Life of Trekking and Climbing

In my Twitter meanderings, saw a link to an 85broads, member(6 degrees of separation-I have been a member of 85Broads) who I actually have spoken to in the past, who just completed an adventure grand slam, here. I don't have the urge to climb high profile peaks like Everest, except Aconcagua perhaps. I'd love to ski to the North Pole and go on other trips that are not so high profile. But how do you fund a life like that? I went close to broke funding the traveling life that I had. How do you fund a traveling life without(I am not saying that she did) having to do high profile climbs because of the name....Anybody want to fund me???

And have started training today...when you are 5' 2" and love to drink and eat and that "inner partyier" just won't go away, there is only one answer, ultras and I not talking Michelob Ultra.....so now it is one foot in front of the other.....you have to start somewhere and that somewhere is here and now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Patience is a Virtue!!!!!

This one is very hard Wayne Dyer! I will keep this one in mind all day!!!

BE INFINITELY PATIENT

Being infinitely patient means having an absolute knowing that you're in vibrational harmony with the all-creating force that intended you here. You know that everything will happen at just the right time, at just the right place, with just the right people.

Plants aren't patient, my tomato stalk keeps growing and has now formed a huge S parallel to the ground, suspended in air. No tomatos but I keep talking and Q tipping to my plant that I have now named Fred and I say little tomato affirmations to it, I need to create virtual bees to pollinate the tomato flowers....

Amazing food and beverages are such a great treat but it is back to the pavement, sand, Lakefront Path for me but I have to be patient that I will get fitter, but the before stage stinks!!!!!!!! I am recognizing but not acknowledging there is a lot of meanness in the world so when I see a community, or someone being human I think it is important to appreciate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FInally, laughter and humor is a really great thing, I really have to remember that!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Just Putting One Foot in Front of the Other

Some days you just have to put one foot in front of the other and continue on, that is what I am doing. Finally, about to go out for a run. It is funny how easy it is to slip into, not run mode or not go to yoga mode which I have been doing. I have to remind myself it is in those times when I need to run the most. I have to say, NIKE's motto from "In the Day" said it best, just do it!!!! I just have to ignore all the people on the Lakefront. I love wintertime running on the Lakefront because no one is out there. Summertime there are so many people and so many skinny people running, it gets intimidating for not so skinny people like me to get out there and run.

My bike which is my car, is broken down and I have to get that fixed, too. Oh well, this too shall pass!!! A lot of really fun food events coming up, but I miss hiking in Telluride, skiing at Snowbird, mountain biking in Moab, among other things!!!

Okay, enough procrastination which I have to say I am a complete and total expert at!!!!!!!! I have to "just do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JB