When I left Savannah, GA in 2013, on foot, pushing a jogging stroller, I had no experience with that undertaking. I would end up running, jogging and walking 2,594 miles.
This post is about the help I received. Here is a list of the type of help. I posted this help as it came.
- the loan of a car before the trip
- dehydrated food
- food beside the road
- food in restaurants
- motel rooms
- gift cards
- running supplies
- the gift of a car
- any money handed to me always went to the Alzheimer’s Association
- (may have forgotten some)
After the trip I sat and relived it as best I could. I came up with a total. Never did I consider paying back the folks that helped. I wouldn’t even know where to look for most of them. They wouldn’t have wanted payback anyway. I contemplated and it came to me. I would pay back by giving to folks going long distances on foot or on a bicycle.
As of last week the payback is done. Here is a list of some of the help I provided.
- motel rooms
- gift cards
Payback feels right to me. I feel good.
In my opinion, recieving help out on the road like that is a “Tremendous Boost”
I have no regrets.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as he did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen
The prayer is commonly attributed to Protestant Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, who composed it in the 1940s.
Here’s a link to an article about the Serenity Prayer.
He is 78 years old, and has been taking the same ride for 17 years. He rides to his sister’s house spends a couple of nights with her, turns around and goes home. The round trip is 800 miles. He chuckled and explained that the pain in the morning, getting out of bed, is getting tougher every year. I enjoy these encounters. There is lots of inspiration out here.
He grew up as a farmer near Douglas, Georgia. He was on a destroyer in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war we moved from South Georgia to Fort Pierce Florida. He went to work for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and that is where he learned his craft. We later moved to Jacksonville and Dad opened his own business. After retiring, dad moved back to South Georgia. He had a bout with prostate cancer and he died with Alzheimer’s disease. He was a great provider and an awesome dad.
“There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart” Daisaku Ikeda
The word competition came up today. Here’s the scenario; a man has responsibilities he helped create, and they can’t be delayed. He finds himself confronted by the following situations:
- an event he is interested in competing in, is one month away
- he knows he needs work, to compete well
- he has one hour to spare daily (more than that would have him shirking his responsibilities. An hour per day will not be enough)
- he wants to come out of this feeling successful
Without over thinking this, it’s obvious that how he defines success is important. He can decide that working as hard as he can, for that hour, and being satisfied with how the event turns out, is “success” He could also decide not to participate in the event.
Sometimes, because of competition, we may do things that take the sweetness out of the victory.
I see the point my friend was making. I appreciate him.
I can’t compete with folks that took care of themselves all of their life, because I didn’t. I can compete on shear will and determination, because the supply of that is endless, if you decide like me to never to give up.
This quote is extremely important to me. “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say. “I used everything you gave me” Irma Bombeck
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Martin Luther King jr.
“While I breathe, I hope.” South Carolina State Motto
“My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.” Ovid
Quotes, Im sure, are meant to be inspirational for some, if not for all. It probably depends on our nature and the way we see things.