“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.”

my half marathon training: 5 miles. your full marathon training: 12 miles. but you decided to go all out and run with an organized half marathon event. in an effort to keep pace, i followed my run with a 90 minute bikram session. today, we both kicked butt.

today’s theme is smoothies because i drank 3 smoothies (2 blueberry, 1 vanilla banana protein) and learned there is an instrumental song called “smoothie song” by nickel creek…serendipitous that i discovered this song on my 3 smoothie day with NO SOLID FOODS. serendipity can be like that…

i was hoping the yoga would help me not have soreness in my legs, in lieu of an ice bath. i did think to take a cold shower after the run to keep muscle fiber micro tear soreness to a minimum. but this is early September in Arizona. there are no cold showers until maybe October. you know how you have to let the water run for awhile for it to heat up? here we have to let it run for awhile for it to cool down. but there’s no water cooling device to do this, so it’s just not possible for a “cold” shower in the summer.

smoothie recipe

1 serving Jillian Michael’s Vanilla Cream Shake Whey Protein

1 cup vanilla yogurt

1 banana

1.5 cup frozen blueberries

blend until blue

friend who can relate to small and large group-triggered out-of-body experiences. must have good grammar and an aversion for texting shorthand. loves writing, loves words, loves writing words. not intimidated by the thought of learning to swim 1.2 miles at 43. does not believe in using phrases like “i’m too old to…” must have character and depth. discipline, drive and performance-related fitness level preferred. would not balk at the opportunity to eat sushi at least once a week. kind enough to say that paper towels would make the perfect practical gift. must love dogs. and ABBA. no LOL-types need apply.

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







i didn’t think too much about my FIRST EVER 5 mile run this morning. just got up and left the motel.

i walked to the “ocean beach bike path”, turned on “mapmyrun” and started running. it was pretty dark, but i was running toward sunrise. the lagoon to my left, and to my right, the kumeyaay highway. i did not turn on my music, decided it was better to listen, partly because it was SO quiet. and it was dark and there was no one out anywhere. i didn’t even check my mileage until 1.5, and could feel that this was going to be a good run. knew i was going to make it to the half way point and not even need to walk. at the 2 mile point, there was a very large tree with lots of growth all around it. i could see tube socks attached to legs near the base of the tree standing very still. there are a lot of homeless here. i kept running. when i got to 2.5 i walked out for .10 and turned back for an equal .10, then turned on my music and ran. the tubesocked transient was mounting his immaculately distributed, widely loaded bicycle as i ran by. i had little conversations with myself about whether i could run back all 2.5 or would have to walk. told myself to wait and see. saw great blue herons strolling the lagoon below. cormorants flying overhead. the brush along the path side smelled like celery. a camped wanderer was just waking, smoking her cigarette. a rasta-looking guy smelled like marijuana and gave me a big smile and a nod in my final half mile. i felt really elated, so excited to share the news that i ran the whole 5 miles and it felt so great!

..today, to eat the sort of foods that you’ll feel good about. foods that won’t leave you feeling guilty. good foods that will give your body what it really needs and not make your body chemistry spike and plummet. go for a walk, if you can, just to breathe deep. and slow. drink water. check in with me anytime you feel like it. i’m right here with you.

real grief is not healed by time…if time does anything, it deepens our grief. the longer we live, the more fully we become aware of who he was for us, and the more intimately we experience what his love meant for us. real, deep love is, as you know, very unobtrusive,seemingly easy and obvious, and so present that we take it for granted. therefore, it is often only in retrospect – or better, in memory – that we fully realize its power and depth. yes, indeed, love often makes itself visible in pain.

-henri nouwen

521 for 23 wishes project

kindness ripples...

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