Monday, January 27, 2014

here and now






The book I am reading is by a ultra-marathoner,Scott Jurek.To define what he does is difficult to write or imagine.Run 7 minute miles for 24 hours:a total of 165 miles.Run through the desert in 100 degree heat for a hundred miles.And more.

I am enjoying his book and getting recipes at the same time.He is a vegan and my husband and I have been since November.We eat nothing with eyes,or products from things that have mothers.Although we cheat occasionally,we are being pretty faithful to this regimen.He has lost weight and I feel better.My running seems easier as well.We got the idea after seeing the transformation in my beloved 80 year old brother-in-law who has lost 60 pounds and is off all medication from this new way of eating.The book,"The China Study" sealed the deal.

This afternoon, I had an epiphany.Really.I am near the end of the book and I realized that I need to copy some of the recipes before returning it to the library.And the thought came:"this(writing down the recipes) is what I am about to do next,and it is holy. "I stunned myself with this.For my whole life,all chores were just that:chores to be hurriedly finished so other things could be done.Dusting?Yuck.Mopping a floor?Ewww.But the joy I felt when looking forward to the next thing was a revelation.Pleasure can be gained by things other than reading, movies and eating at the Thai restaurant.I have to figure this out.

This is my plan:I will say my new mantra before each next thing and then look for what makes that thing holy.

4 comments:

The Mims said...

Great book, great brother-in-law and great perspective on the 'have to's' in life...xo

sharon graham said...

mims...thanks for dropping in...I tried it with the dishes tonight and viola...different perspective...grace!!!

The Mims said...

I will remember that as I do the 'have to's"...which right now is stopping surfing at 9:45pm to go make fruit/veggie juice for us for the morning so that we have a healthy start to the day rather than the alternative. I'll be thinking of you...different perspective...grace!

sharon graham said...

Mims,Love your comment...let's do this together...