Tuesday, March 22, 2011

run of the 'mill

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk

slowly, except maybe when running.  i went to the gym this morning and hopped on the treadmill being that winter has made its return on this second day of spring.  running outside in the warmth of the sun for a couple days last week was glorious.  so i returned to the 'mill alongside my morning entertainment.  the lady on the treadmill to the left of me was chatting with her peeps alongside her, three happy men walking away on their faux-pavement, sure-fire members of the AARP.  she was enthusiastically telling them about this wonderful lunch she had the other day and the salad she had was delicious.  then without skipping a beat, she announced that the salad "went right through me.....can you believe it, i felt like i had a colonoscopy."   the "boys" chuckled as they walked merrily along.  then she said, "since you are all laughing, you know exactly how i felt."   with that, i turned up the music in my little shuffle, and ran like the dickens. 

i stumbled over this while reading....  love it!
zen morphed into....sweat, breathe, and go quickly....very quickly.  for me, that is.  there are others who run circles around me, but today i wore my sweaty shirt proudly.  my little nike sportband happily reported that i ran those 3 miles at my fastest pace yet.  thank goodness tomorrow is a rest day.  and it has been said that it may also be a day of snow. again. in march.  the third day of spring. 


our dog-from-next-door visited with us abound with sunshine this afternoon, as she's done daily for who knows how long,  i (along with everyone else in this house) look forward to sharing the time with her.



There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.  
~Ben Williams




a jessica original

jess being all professional
another original by jessica
  
little zen-ful mia reminds us to smile, breathe, and go slowly.  

one of my favorites.....

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