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!

12 comments:

Mark Reifkind said...

awesome post my love. awesome day,awesome life :)

Tracy Reifkind said...

I love you.

beverly said...

:-)

Maribel said...

aw, what a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing Tracy. This is a great reminder for all of us to take a step back and "count our blessings", as they say.

Unknown said...

Beautiful!

Diana said...

All along the trails I hike here there are those "rock statues" and I totally love those things! Some of them look like there's absolutely NO way the rocks should be balancing the way they do....but they do!
I beg to differ that your life is based on "luck". I love this post, but do not believe in luck. For my beliefs..it's God's work at God's time for you in your life.
You are not lucky-you are blessed!

Tracy Reifkind said...

Diana,

"Tomatoes, Tah mah toes" You can call it whatever you want, lucky, blessed, as long as you recognize it.

Personally, I believe in both luck and being blessed.

I am lucky, and I am blessed.

Tracy Reifkind said...

Maribel,

And we had that killer workout first thing in the morning! The whole entire day was the best!

Morgan L. said...

Very insightful. Sometimes it's important to ask, 'what am I "training" for?' John Lennon was right, life is what happens while you are busy making other plans....

Tracy Reifkind said...

Morgan,

Thanks!

I think the more important question, these days is "what am I over training for"! Basic fitness, conditioning, health, looking and feeling better in these modern times requires many of us to train/exercise, but how much, and for what else are we wanting from it? Is that other wanting taking away from other parts of our lives?

Morgan L. said...

Good point! I guess you can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want.....

Lady said...

This post gave me chills. the universe always gives what you need when you need it - thank-you!