the first taste was cold

but it quenched my thirst.

Sometimes we don’t know where to start, or how to start. We have big plans, plans to change things but how do we do that? How do we make a change that can make things better? Ideas run through our head but they don’t match up to what we want to do. They seem too small, not adequate for the purpose. It has to hit the target right in the bulls eye otherwise why bother?

But I don’t think everything that has ever happened that made a huge impact started this way. Some things maybe, but I think those are few and far between. And always trying to find the perfect solution can lead to nothing being done at all and in the end, what is worse, not having the solution that will fix everything or not having the solution that will start the beginnings of a wave that can potentially grow into a tsunami?

It’s good to think big but thinking big can become overwhelming and take a long time to put into place. Sometimes those ideas that may seem smaller in comparison can end up taking a life of it’s own and end up growing into that large thing you were thinking of. And it can happen without even knowing it was destined to happen.

I went vegan 5 years ago because of someone I know who is vegan. She was the first person I met who I knew was vegan and she opened my eyes to the reality of how the foods we eat end up on our plates and the cruelty, unnecessary suffering and death that is involved in this. I myself know of a large handful of people who have also gone vegan because of knowing me and listening to me talk about animal cruelty, the health benefits and the positive impact on the environment from being vegan. I can only imagine how many people they have touched and have also switched.

Sometimes it’s hard to see or understand the impact of our actions. But one person CAN make a difference, a huge difference. When thinking about this Rosa Parks always comes to mind. When the bus in Montgomery Alabama became full and all the white seats were occupied and white people were left standing, the bus driver told Rosa and 3 others to move to the back and give up their seats from the colored section. The 3 complied but Rosa, in her words, ‘felt a determination cover my body like a quilt on a winter night’. She refused to give up her seat and was arrested because of this. This action, the action of one person is said to have invigorated the struggle for racial equality. And now I also think of Greta Thunberg, The sixteen-year-old environmentalist, who featured on TIME’s Influential People Of 2019 list for her efforts demanding political action to save the environment. How many people has she influenced? Probably in the thousands

I don’t think we ever know who we touch, or how many we touch. It can be the subtlest action or a large action like Live 8. But positive change is positive change no matter how small and it will make a difference.

Follow your heart and try not to get overwhelmed by the gravity of the situation you are trying to improve. You’ll never know how it will play out until you take that first step. You got this.

Yours in health,

Darryl

 

maybe another day

I’m sure I’m not the only one who learns new things about themselves, or discover what they might have suspected to be true.

Running outside

Back at the end of last year I wrote a post of a goal that I had this year, to run a marathon. I signed up feeling that it was a good goal, a goal I needed and within reach if I trained hard for it. It didn’t happen. I was supposed to run the marathon April 28. Sickness (I made the mistake of running for 90 minutes with a bad chest cold) that set me back, a work schedule that picked up interfered with my training but I think the largest contributor was realizing I need something to occupy my mind for the long runs. Now, it very well could be that doing my long runs on a treadmill is not the smartest thing to do but there wasn’t much of a choice since my training was during the hard cold winter here in Canada. Or if running inside maybe I need one of these to keep the mind busy. Don’t see that happening anytime soon.

The mind’s state

But I definitely lack the mental stamina to be on a treadmill for more than 60 minutes, 90 minutes tops. And it didn’t help that I constantly had audio troubles with my phone. I would line up a podcast to listen to and about 50 minutes in it would crap out and I would have to try to get it back on track and yeah, that usually didn’t work. I would be left with listening to rhythm of of the treadmill, the sound of my feet landing. And my mind would get the best of me.

I have run further before. I used to go for 3 hour, almost 4 hour runs a few years back. All outside. It was nice. I chose roads where traffic was light and the mixing up of scenery was a great way of keeping the mind busy. Roads that have forests right next to them would help you forget you were running. I think that’s the trick, keeping the mind occupied. The runs go by quicker and the other win is whenever that event comes up that you have been training for, no adapting to outside elements is needed since you’ve already did all your training outside.

So that’s it. That’s my story about that. I wish I could have updated that I completed my goal and it would have been a good news post but I guess that’s life.  Life has it’s failures and this is one of them.

I learned something about myself and I now that’s an obstacle I have to address.

Yours in health,

Darryl