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Tour de Pink

 

This weekend I completed my very first 15 mile bike race and it was simply amazing. I couldn’t believe that I was out there with real cyclists peddling through the wind. And the fact that I was cycling for an amazing cause made my ride that much more special. I took my head phones with me and I was happy I did … so for 15 miles it mainly me, my music and the wind. It was a wonderful experience and a great time for contemplation.

I took time to think back over the year. Five 5ks, one bike race and 50 lbs later this year has been one for the books – and I still have 3 months to go! I thought about being back in school, but also looking forward to graduation. I thought about the friendships lost and gained … the love I have gained and the love I’ve given. I spent a great deal of time being thankful for having the courage to recreate my life … my reality … my happy place.

On the day before October 1st I have to say that I am excited about the remainder of the year and all that next year has in store. I am looking for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years races to participate in. I have begun researching a few residual income options. I have found a new and wonderful circle of friends who model and encourage my new lifestyle. I have my very first trial client for wellness trial. I am more fit and more healthy than I have ever been!!! So this is just ME sharing with YOU my (new) happy place.

These Things I Despise

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Table

I really try to remain open-minded and respect the varied perspectives and lifestyles of the people I meet and interact with. I believe that this fosters a great deal of acceptance and – in some cases – mere tolerance, even when our viewpoints conflict. BUT there are a couple of things that I have no tolerance or patience or any semblance of acceptance of. One is people who litter – I despise anyone who thinks that there are too busy to find a place to dump their trash or who believe that it is someone’s job to pick up their trash. And today it was solidified that I have similar feelings towards anyone who lacks passion or pursuit towards any cause beyond their four walls.

This semester I am taking a course entitled The Church’s Response to Children in Poverty. I am not taking this class because the topic is of any significantly special interest, but because it is being taught by one of the top theologians in the country – one who also happens to be retiring after this semester. Today he showed the class A Place at the Table. I was a ball of tears the entire time! Although I don’t feel that it is my gift to work with small children, I was deeply saddened by the lack of response from some politicians as portrayed in the film, the ranking of America in regards to hunger and poverty and what I fear will continue to be a lack of care of concern for impoverished and hungry communities.

I began to think about my social circles and the many, many people I have crossed paths with over the years. And today I can firmly say – with great passion and conviction – that I have NO tolerance for anyone who fails to see any purpose for life other than to fulfill their own desires. I have no respect for persons who fail to find it in their hearts to give to those who have no capacity to say “thank you” or return the favor. I have absolutely no desire to fellowship with those who do see our individual gifts and blessings as our contribution to the world and seek ways to share it/them as such.

I am – by no means – suggesting that we all quit our jobs and volunteer at the soup kitchen all day. Nor am I suggesting that it is an easy task to identify exactly what our passions are and what tugs at our hearts. But I am saying that it is an utter shame to never question, never seek, never long for what it is that you can contribute to making this world a better place to live.

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