Friday, June 10, 2011

New Blog Coming Soon! It's all about Gratitude

Hi there everyone,
I'm sure you have missed me and my wholefoodee blogs, of which, I am hoping I will pick up again soon.  In the meantime, I will be starting another blog and wanted to inform you all about it. But first, let me explain where this is coming from.

Today I went for a run in China Camp, the place I always go for solitude, soul cleansing, meditation.  It's basically what I would call a "poor man's therapy".  Usually when I go in the late afternoon and especially when it's warm and sunny (although lately the warm factor is amiss) the shoreline trail is quite busy with both novice and semi pro (or at least they are dressed as if) mountain bikers.  The general rule is to communicate to one another and to give pedestrians, then horses, then bikers the right of way.  Well, the laws of nature seem to dictate that if you are on something with two wheels, that is going quite fast then anything and everything else should get out of the way for you, without so much as an, "excuse me, thank you."  Although there are a few who at least acknowledge your existence by saying, "On your left!" as they zoom past, dirt flicking from their back tires.

Today wasn't much different except for one man who, after speeding down a switchback right above me with his female com padre, stopped about twenty feet in front of me and pulled off the side of the trail so that I could run past, sans dirt flick. Not only did he do this but after I graciously thanked him he replied, "Enjoy." And I immediately thought to myself, "I certainly will."  His comment stayed with me for the rest of my run and  made me realize how powerful words and actions can be.  This complete stranger made me feel good. How great would it be if everyone behaved like this one man all the time? To do and say something so simple yet change how a person feels from something maybe ho hum or even sad to kind and happy.

So, because of this man's kindness to me I wanted to be able to pay it forward in some way.  I came up with the idea of starting a blog about gratitude. This is what my next blog will be about and maybe it will allow us to all focus more on what we have rather than what we don't. So for this blog I am thankful for all of you who are reading this and hopefully gaining something from this or at least, giving me some sort of validation just for reading it.

There is one person in particular who I am especially grateful for and who I spoke to earlier today about my life's dreams. I had said I wanted to write but in that statement created this vision of how my life had to be a certain way in order for me to do that.  I also set certain parameters of how and what I would write and when and where. He made me realize that the only thing stopping me from writing was me. Thank you Bryan and just for the record what you say does make a difference in how people go about their lives.

Thanks again,

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