Thursday, September 5, 2013
The Luckiest Human Beings on the Face of the Earth
Today might possibly be one of the luckiest day of my life so far. Not so much because it actually is, but so much that I recognized it and acknowledged it. I believe that feeling lucky is simply a matter of acknowledging every bit of luck, or feeling good, or goodness that comes our way.
As many of you know, Mark had a total knee replacement 2 weeks and one day ago. Today we went on our third walk together (he had taken a couple of more on his own), 2 miles...without a walker, a crutch or a cane! But the first part of the previous sentence was as amazing as the second! In the 25+ years that Mark and I have been married we have never, ever been on a 2 mile walk together, for the sake of taking a walk (the Frankfurt airport doesn't count! lol) And wait, there's more!
We actually talked about a day that we could get a couple of mountain bikes and ride together....and wait, there's more...another day we could see hiking together, real hiking, you know, with back packs and everything! A whole day of hiking...outside....for miles and miles, and miles!
I took Mark to the walking trail near us that I started my own transformation/weight loss adventure on, the Los Gatos Creek/Campbell trail. One of the things I've been noticing more and more on this route is the rock towers someone (probably the same person) has been building and leaving for the rest of us to enjoy! And I have! It's one of those weird kind of things that when you see it, if you notice, tells you that someone has been there before you and left that message. "That" message to me says, "I've been here too! So I leave behind a reminder that you are not alone. I am here with you, and I'm happy you are here too!" Or something like that! It's just what's in my head! I chose for it to be a sign of happiness, of belonging, of reassurance, of reaching out, of welcome. Who knows what the builder had in mind, it doesn't matter.
As Mark and I came to the end of our walk the phone rang. It was our son, Gabe, calling to tell us he got the job of his dreams! He had a couple of disappointments but this time it was his! I'm over the moon for him! And better yet his father was the first person he called to share the great news! I'm tearing up now just thinking about it! I knew those rocks were signs of luck!
So, instead of a million, gazillion, or a trillion kettlebell swing "challenge", I invite you to take a walk, build a rock tower or a pretty pattern of leaves and/or flowers, leaving room for one more rock, or one more leaf/flower for someone else to add, as a reminder that we are not alone, and we are the luckiest human beings on the face of the earth!