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Worth Living

13 Aug

Life seems to be a discontinuous vacillating from breathtaking to mundane and it can change from one to the other without notice. For me, there are factors that help determine where I find myself on the continuum.

Rest. Rest sets the stage for my outlook. When I’m rested my full energy is focused on living and the task(s) at hand. Everything else seems more vibrant and alive, even the things that are typically easy to overlook seem more interesting.

Exercise. Exercise helps me push my body to its limit and after running or cycling or working out I feel so good. The happy endorphins exercise promotes are pumping through my body and though tired the feeling is good.

Intellect. I like things that make me think and ask questions and consider something in a new light. Reading, watching a documentary, engaging in a discussion about a topic I’m passionate about, writing, doing or appreciating art, listening to music, or watching good acting all make my mind work and I like that.

Food. I like food but I want food (both cooking and eating) to be an experience. I like to cook foods that are bursting with flavor and color and healthy nutrients. The taste of a dish that has been perfectly cooked and appropriately seasoned combined with the right glass of wine, nothing could be better.

Love. Expressing my heart and feelings in relationships is so important to who I am. Focusing care and attention on someone I love reminds me that life is bigger than my little place in it and it helps me experience life’s beauty and challenges with a realness that is very attractive to me.

While not an exhaustive list, these are the things that make life worth living from my perspective.

Real

8 Aug

I am sitting at a table writing.  I am taking deep, lung filling breaths.  To my right is a mug of coffee just the way I like it.  Behind that a glass of clear, cold water.  I have things I want to do today.  I have things I need to do today.  What I get done will be what I get done.  My body feels good today.  I ran.  It was a good run.  My pace was a bit slower than usual but its what my body could give today.  When I was younger I felt the need to drive and push and achieve.  I’m learning to accept what is.  This is real and real is good.

That About Sums it Up…

28 Jul

It’s sunny today.  It’s cool like fall.  I ran three miles and worked up a sweat.  Came home and put on some music.  Listening to the New Radicals; I really like their stuff.  I opened the bag of mocha java beans in my fridge and was captivated by the aroma.  It’s true, I love coffee.  I see a few hours of reading and relaxing in my very near future.  It’s Sunday so, “A ciascuno il suo.”

Quiet Enough to Notice

27 Jul

I took a run last night.  It was the end of the day and I had excess energy to burn off so I took a run.  I like running because it gives me space.  It helps me disconnect from the things that keep my mind and heart busy and helps me connect to the simple things I usually miss.  So within a mile or so of starting I was becoming aware of my pace, how my body was feeling, the beauty surrounding me on the trail, the other runners, and so on.

I started tuning into the sound my strides were making in the small, hard-packed gravel making up the surface of the trail.  It is a sound I like. There is something rhythmic about that sound that attracts my attention.  If you’re a runner you probably know that sound.  I think that sound alone has the ability to get the happy endorphins pumping through my body and brain.

I’m convinced we’re going to get our endorphins from somewhere.  This is one of my favorite ways to get mine (for those of you interested in learning more about endorphins here is an article that gives a good basic summary of what endorphins are and do: http://www.http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/endorphins.htm).

At the end of the run my body felt good.

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