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tension is who you think you should be. relaxation is who you are ~chinese proverb


“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
Compassion is a sense of shared suffering, most often combined with a desire to alleviate or reduce the suffering of another; to show special kindness to those who suffer. Compassion essentially arises through empathy, and is often characterized through actions, wherein a person acting with compassion will seek to aid those they feel compassionate for.

too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~leo f. buscaglia



have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful ~william morris

Robin: “You can’t get away from Batman that easy!”

Batman: “Easily.”

Robin: “Easily.”

Batman: “Good grammar is essential, Robin.”

Robin: “Thank you.”

Batman: “You’re welcome.”

a wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. the next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. the hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. she did so without hesitation. the traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. he knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. but a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “i’ve been thinking,” he said, “i know how valuable the stone is, but i give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.” ~unknown







my scheduled half marathon training run this morning – 4 miles. your full marathon training run – 13 miles. i went to tempe lake and ran. i felt like a runner. feel like a runner. want to get better. want to be a great runner. inspired running is so easy.

arriving isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. and yet, we always want to get where we’re going. but there is so much energy, so much power in all those journey end anticipations. that’s how you know how much you want something, the way you feel during those days of expectation. to be content with the in-between times and fully feel impatient, hopeful, keen, and eager, is to fully experience those journey ends. after all, once you arrive, it’s done. journey over.

we were sharing book recommendations that year…have you read…you MUST reads. history of love. i took it to honduras, remember it there at the top of my blue marmot backpack each time i moved camps and sorted through the essentials. the body of the book morphed, rounding at the top of my pack. i remember how much i loved the way the soft binding felt, there was something extra soft about that cover. it was in honduras with me for those four weeks and back, pages curled from jungle humidity, dog eared from camp life.

little did i know, what that book was portending…


yoga was good tonight. glad i went. tomorrow i hope i can yoga and run. i am anxious to get to a point where i can run for 30 minutes. soon. i think it will happen soon.  here’s another quote i like:

to live content with small means;

to seek elegance rather than luxury;

and refinement rather than fashion;

to be worthy, not respectable;

and wealthy, not rich;

to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;

to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;

to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never;

in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden

and unconscious grow up through the common.

this is to be my symphony. w.h. channing



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