Category Archives: Across The Land

She’s an “Overcomer”

The planning began today

Planning has begun for me to travel from Skidaway Island State Park, near Savannah, Georgia, to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co in Monterey, California.

Most of the miles will be on foot, maybe all of them.

The mission will be to raise money and awareness for a charity or charities.

God will let me know when it’s time to go.

The preparations began today.

I can adjust my sails . . .

This morning on National Public Radio they were interviewing a doctor from a “prestigious university.” (there words)

He said the COVID 19 virus has the possibility of changing the lives of old folks such as himself.

It may change the way I get to my destination, but I will still get there.

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean

Keep your . . .

feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars . . .

My interpretation and how I let these words affect my life:

I have dreams, goals, stuff I want to do. I have responsibilities. Some of the responsibilities were created by me, others were created by others and I call them mine now.

I want to do it all, dream, set goals, pursue the goals, fail, succeed and all the while be responsible.

I’ve done both, been irresponsible and been responsible. The latter suits me.

I’ve did good with my weight . . . .

My caregiving years are stacking up. Approximately four years ago I wondered how, physically, I would end up. Well emotionally too, but because of so many years being overweight, that was my predominant concern.

2017 was a down year for me, in many ways, but other than that one, I’ve showed up and did the work, and that makes me proud.

Today, my weight is the same as it was when I arrived at mom’s on January 24th 2016.

On being an outsider . . .

We all have felt different or left out of something, at one point or another in our lives. For some people, being an outsider is a part of their life purpose, not just a temporary circumstance. Many empathic people have felt like an outsider because society does not embrace vulnerability and feelings.

The paragraph above came from the article the link below will take you to.

https://connectingempathichelpersandartiststospirit.wordpress.com/2020/03/02/6-reasons-to-embrace-being-an-outsider/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

My steps in March

My total steps for March were 362,855 and 190,208 of them were in the aerobic zone.

The YTD steps are 940,030 and 449,715 of those were in the aerobic zone. The last day of March is the 91st day of 2020, with 275 still to come.

Not much of a planner here

Some folks seem to be blessed with an uncanny capacity to plan.

The writer of this blog, me, does not fit into that group.

Over the years it’s came to my attention that planning, if attempted in to much detail, has the affect of stopping me from taking any action.

My best comes when any planning that goes on is basically an outline, coupled with an attitude of “cross that bridge when I come to it”

Dreams . . .

This line came from a 1993 movie.

“My dad used to say that having dreams is what makes life tolerable.”

I’m not sure why that has always stuck with me, but it has.

For me, life has had good times and not so good times, but I’ve grown to accept what it puts in front of me, adapt if necessary and keep moving forward.

It feels good to have dreams, but circumstances and responsibilities must be considered.

Consistent . . .

For over 15 years, twice a week, same days every week, for 4 hours, same time both days, she is there.

She had a professional looking sign on an easel board, a small table, a chair, a cooler and some hand out cards.

She doesn’t approach anyone. They approach her and she answers their questions.

No social media, no interviews. She said her mission is to speak with the people that come to her.

She has missed 3 days in 15 years.

While I was their, several cars slowed down and the drivers spoke kindly to her.

She smiled a lot.

She has never taken a donation.

This is a partially true story.

I’ve changed some stuff because she does not want publicity. She reiterated that she was their to answer questions from interested peoples.

Her tone, her manner and the way people treated her was very impressive.