So I keep hearing the name "Marcel Proust" -- twice recently in episodes of Gilmore Girls, twice in episodes of LOST, a few times in the movie Little Miss Sunshine, once this morning on NPR, and two weekends ago in the musical South Pacific -- and I'm finally curious enough to actually look it up... Does anyone know anything about Proust? Is he someone all educated people are supposed to know about or something? Here's what wikipedia has to say about him.
Part one -- top five reasons I run: 1) To keep in shape -- my weight doesn't always go down, but I love the way my body looks and feels when I'm doing well with running. 2) To de-stress -- nothing like pounding the pavement and running until my heart hurts and I am too exhausted to punch anything even if I still wanted to, to get stress out of my body. 3) Because it looks cool -- I have to admit that I like it when other people see me run because I feel proud of the fact that, just by running at all, I'm doing something most people don't / won't / can't do. 4) To develop discipline -- I am constantly using positive self-talk when I run, and I find that the more I practice there, the easier it gets to do in other parts of life. 5) It doesn't take a lot to run -- just shoes and either a treadmill or a road (as MummyDearest said) -- which means that, unlike other modes of exercise, I have much less excuse not to just get out there and do it.
Part two -- top five running lessons: 1) Pay attention to your body -- it's important to know what kinds of discomfort are growing edges and what kinds are warning signs. 2) Stretch even if it seems boring and takes what feels like a really long time. 3) Having concrete goals is important to me, as is having people who know of my goals and can help keep me enthused / honest about them. 4) There's a really cool website that helps figure out running routes -- so you don't have to drive all the roads in the area fifty million times to find just the right length routes. In Indiana, it was much easier... yay for roads perpendicular and exactly a mile apart. 5) Yay for iPods on long runs (as MummyDearest said) -- no explanation necessary.
I'm supposed to tap fellow bloggers to do this, too, but I don't know many bloggers who also run... so, sarahesperanza, if you still run every now and again, you're my first... and, uh, how about eruditelitite -- have your hubby post on your blog?... And anyone who reads this and wants to post on their blog, just include a link to your blog in the comments section...
My favorite Emily Dickinson poem was used in church this morning, and I include it here as my "thing to ponder on Easter Sunday":
Tell all the truth but tell it slant, Success in circuit lies, Too bright for our infirm delight The truth's superb surprise;
As lightning to the children eased With explanation kind, The truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind.
(ps, the above is probably not the correct punctuation / capitalization... I'll get the correct version up soon)
Indeed, it is through coming round and round and round to this time of year, through the seasons and the sermons, the experiences and the exhortations, that we begin to see / experience / know Truth bit by bit. Blessings in living this Easter. Blessings in the gradual dazzling of Truth.
I strive to be
a shaper of stars,
a farmer of hope,
a fisher of people,
a student of paradox,
a shepherd of dreams,
a daughter of love,
and a co-creator of life,
because these are the things to which I am called.
I am very often not those things, but I can certainly say that I try with all I have.
Some people dream of catching stars, /
to glean from them some light. /
But I would like to shape a star, /
send whirling into flight /
The product of my passion's fire; /
to mold with naked hands /
and feel the searing pain of flesh /
as star grows bold and grand. /
If then I offer it to God, /
I fling with all my might /
and gasp as it, a piece of me, /
assumes its place in night. ~L. Stone