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Saturday:) Searching, Saving the Day, and a Sunset

16 Sep

“When you can’t make a decision, close your eyes, take a chance, and hope for the best.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I walk pretty much every day. I can count on one hand and have fingers left over, how many days I don’t get out for a walk in a year. It’s not only my thinking time, but I get to see beautiful sunrises and spectacular sunsets. Then, I also get to save the world from flat tires. Where’s my cape?

Dinner? What should I have for dinner? When I can’t decide, I close my eyes and reach into my over-stuffed jam-packed freezer.

I was hoping for chocolate ice cream, but pizza was good. Better than the cauliflower or cantaloupe in there.

After dinner, I went for a walk. I found a nail sitting smack dab in the middle of two different driveways along my route. I’ve picked up hundreds of nails on my daily walks throughout the years. I’ve gotten a few flat tires over the years, so I like to think that I’ve saved some neighbors and strangers from flat tires and the anguish and expense that goes along with it.

My reward for my caped crusader endeavors was yet another gorgeous sunset. Each evening, a perfect painting in the sky.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom:) Walking With the Angels

17 Aug

“If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes fora walk.” 

― Raymond I. Myers

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I walk pretty much everyday, sometimes twice. This is a great time for thinking, coming up with creative ideas, chatting with neighbors, but most of all, it’s the best time to pray. I’m not talking about praying the old fashioned way. Although, a few thousand Our Fathers and Hail Marys have been said, but, this is the time that I see a spectacular sunset or commune with fluttering butterfly. This is when I say “Thank you” to the Creator. This is when “the Angels whisper” to me.

The best advice I can give you is “GO FOR A WALK.” It’s good for your body, your mind, and your soul.


Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom~ Walk a Mile in My Shoes

8 Jun

“Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes isn’t as much about the walk or the shoes; it’s to be able to think like they think, feel what they feel, and understand why they are who and where they are. Every step is about empathy.”― Toni Sorenson
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I often wonder how many pairs of gym shoes I’ve worn out during my many years of walking. How many miles have I walked, yet really haven’t wandered more than a mile or two from home? I’ve walked just about every day since I moved to Texas in ’04, and the 17 years in Hawthorn Woods, IL. Then, a few years in New Jersey. So, if you calculate about two miles a day for, let’s say 300 days a year for over 30 years…hmmm? That’s a minimum of 20,000 miles, but probably more than that. Some days I’ll walk 4 or 5 miles in one day. And where has it gotten me? It always takes me to a very good place.

Chicago is about 900 miles from McKinney, TX.  I could have walked there 22 times.

5,573 miles Distance from McKinney to Rome.  I could have walked there 3.5 times.(But I’d have to swim a little, but I don’t know how to swim.)

Well, you get my point. I walk for my health, for my recreation, and for my soul. It’s my thinking time, my happy time, my crying time. I need my walks.

But,  I do go through a lot of gym shoes. I’ve worn the soles off of these poor guys. 

Worn soles for worn souls. That’s why I share my daily blog. So, now you CAN walk a mile in my shoes. 


BY STEVE MUELLER LAST EDIT: MARCH 31ST, 2017 CONSCIOUS LIVING

The earliest traces of the enlightening proverb date back to the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans, who warned: “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes”  

Nelle Harper Lee, an American authoress, was seemingly inspired by the saying of the Amerindians in her book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” where she wrote:

“You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird. J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1960

Tuesday Tip of the Day: Take Time For You

8 Sep

Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.Andrew Solomon

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Sometimes we don’t take care of ourselves, but we are more than willing to take care of others. Like the flight attendants say on the plane, “Put you mask on first , then assist others.” My take on it … You can’t help someone from a hospital bed or the cemetery. 

So, here’s where I share. I’ve been walking my neighborhood with friends or by myself for as long as I can remember. I enjoy it , but now I am taking it s lot more seriously. I’ve started incorporating some running too. Of course , I call it a joggle. 

I started joggling in June when I went to Chicago. I’d walk a little, then joggle a little. I got up to  1/ 3 mi run, then 2/3 mi walk, rinse and repeat for about 2 or 3 miles. I continued when I returned to Texas, smack dab in the middle of the Heat of summer. 

Yesterday morning ,  I finally got curious enough to map my run/walk. 

  
I was able to run almost 2 miles before I slowed down for a walk. Then , I ran at least another mile or more. In total I covered 6.46 mi before 10 am. Needless to say, I was very proud if myself. Exhausted …but proud. I did it for ME! 

And truth be told, as I’m running and pushing myself , I say  ( in my head of course ) “YOU are amazing!” And you know what! I AM!!! 

 
If you are reading this, thank you. Now, go and do something for yourself!

  
All red in the face, sweaty, and feeling AMAZING!

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Inspiration

13 Aug

“Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can.”~ William Arthur Ward

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The greatest honor one can receive is to be told that you are an inspiration. 

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Through all the painful hurdles, falling down, and  picking myself back up again, the one thing I am most proud of is my determination. When I set a goal for myself, I always complete it. 

My recent goal has been to keep up with my walking and exercise, even in this hot Texas weather. It’s way too easy to just give up and say it’s too dang hot. I’ve been going to kickboxing on Monday  and Friday, then Zumba  on Tuesday and Thursday at the YMCA. Wednesday is my non-Y day. The perfect opportunity to sleep late, but I can’t sleep anyway, so I set my alarm for 7 am. 

This morning was going to be a little cooler, so I was dressed and out the door by 7:15. I’ve added a little running to my walking routine. I walk a couple of blocks, then run around the pond, walk, then run, and keep going until I can’t go anymore. The last few times, I’ve managed four circuits, or about an hour. (Not bad for an old broad.)

  
But then, look at this beautiful view I have every day. 

There were several people out walking this morning, as opposed to the solitude on the scorching hot days. As I pass people walking their dog, or pushing a stroller, I always wave or say hi. 

Something pretty cool happened today. I was running around the pond, and I said, “Mornin'” to a young woman walking, all geared up with headphones, and a brisk gait. She replied the same with a smile and a wave. We continued in our opposite directions. About an hour later, as I ran past her with a slight wave for the fourth time, she took off her headphones as I passed, and said, “You are an inspiration!”

Wow!!! I said, “Why, thank you,” and continued my run around the pond, followed by my two block walk. Me, an inspiration to a neighbor? She must have seen me out on my daily walks before, and I was so honored that she took the time out to tell me that I inspired her. How cool is that? I actually got a little misty under my sunglasses.

Needless to say, I didn’t go home after my fourth loop around the neighborhood as usual. I continued to walk, then run a fifth lap around the pond, then walk back home to cool down. I was pumped.  After all, I AM AN INSPIRATION!

   
 

Theme Song Thursday:  I Walk Alone

24 Jul

When I walk alone, I wish I could reach the end of the road soon. But, when a FRIEND walks with me, I wish the road never ends. Unknown quotes 

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This morning, I walked alone. You may ask why, and the answer is,  ‘cuz it’s so dang hot out! No one is crazy enough to go out and walk with me. After my 8:30 zumba class, I was so energized that I came home , grabbed a bottle of water, (in my very special beer koozie) put on my new Notre Dame visor, (also a gift from Joe and Lindsay’s wedding) and scurried out for a long walk. It was only 11 am and only 92 degrees, so I wanted to get out before it got too hot. Ha ha! But, there was a breeze, so I walked about  1 1/4 hours. 

  
Funny, I didn’t bump into anyone else out walking today. Hmm? Nor yesterday when I was walking… 

 
So here comes the theme song part. While walking down the boulevard… of broken dreams… I walked alone… and thought of this song. Most apropros. 

Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” 

I walk a lonely road 

The only one that I have ever known 

Don’t know where it goes 

But it’s home to me and I walk alone 
I walk this empty street 

On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams 

Where the city sleeps 

and I’m the only one and I walk alone 
I walk alone 

I walk alone 
I walk alone 

I walk a… 
My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me 

My shallow heart’s the only thing that’s beating 

Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me 

‘Til then I walk alone …

  
And here is “my shadow that’s the only one that walks beside me.” I found a lucky penny. I may walk alone, but someone up there is looking out for me. 

  
Here is another lucky sign. 

I guess I don’t walk alone after all. 

  

Wednesday Words of Wisdom in the Wain (Rain)

25 Jun

The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend. Without at least some rain in any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of sunlight and yearn for the vital, muffling gift of falling water.
~Douglas Coupland, Life After God

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As you can tell, I love to use alliteration. Rain-Wain, I don’t write with a lisp. 

It was pretty nice out this morning, cool, balmy, with impending muggy on the way. I did my morning walk/run around the big field in front of Mom’s condo. By the time I did my 20 laps, I was pretty sweaty. It’s just water. 

The rest of the day flew by. Breakfast , out to lunch and the store, some errands, visiting, then…oh my goodness…time for my evening walk. 

I scrambled , put on my gym shoes, down the elevator, and out the door. Darn! It was raining! Not hard rain, but substantial. 

So , what would any “waskily wabbit ” walker do? Yep, I ran back up and borrowed Mom’s umbrella. Off I went for 10 laps in the rain. I didn’t melt. Actually, it was rather refreshing. 

While I was walking in the “wain,” I said to myself ,  “Self, (and yes I do say self) You can do anything  you put my mind to. You are amazing!”

As the quote says, ” I have always considered the rain to be healing.”