Category Archives: inspiration

“Go to Your Strengths Athlete”

I feel like I can handle adversity, and although it may knock me down, I won’t stay there. That strength gives me confidence that I can respond to the challenges life brings. It leaves me feeling somewhat confident and relaxed. 

The phrase “Go to Your Strengths Athlete” came to me in the book “Momentum” . . . . . written by Mark Bravo 

a quote about adversity 

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are”     Arthur Golden

LET your eyes look straight ahead – trail running and life

I’ve ran, jogged and walked many miles on single track. Sometimes it was smooth and didn’t take much work to stay upright. Other times their were lots of roots and rocks on the trail and limbs hanging down. If I remained steadfast, things went mostly good, no falls, no cuts or bruises on my head. If I ran by chance, I fell often. 

Steve Fugate 

I think I began following his Facebook page in 2012. Steve told me he is currently crossing America for the ninth time, on foot. The message is “Love Life” I drove from mom’s house in Roberta to Thomasville, Georgia to speak with him today. We have talked more times on the phone than I could count. I enjoyed the time with my friend. 

U.S.Highway 84, near Thomasville, Georgia

one of my favorite places in America 

The first I knew of Monument Valley was while watching the 1994 release of the movie  “Forrest Gump” 

I knew the day would come that I would take the picture below. It became a dream to get there.

U.S.Highway 163 in southeast Utah

In the movie, Mr. Gump would end his 3 year, 2 month, 14 day and 16 hour run, at this spot. 

to keep going, Keep Going 

the Epic Journey is over

Some closure is needed. Some things need to be final. The numbers no longer matter to me, but recording what has occurred does. The final tally will be purposely low. These numbers will remain as put down on this day, August 12th, 2017. The mission was to raise awareness concerning alzheimer’s disease. 

  • over 5 years 
  • over 15,000 miles on foot 
  • over 20,000 miles in a car
  • 16 states
  • over  $35,000.00 raised for the Alzheimer’s Association 
  • over 50 television interviews 
  • over 100 newspaper interviews 
  • over 20 radio interviews 
  • 6 magazine articles 
  • over 3000 bracelets or cards given out with the 24/7 Helpline phone number on them 
  • visited over 50 senior residence facilitis and met with patients, staff and family members 
  • visited 4 alzheimer’s research centers
  • spoke with over 15 research scientists 
  • visited over 20 Alzheimer’s Association Chapters
  • met over 75 Alzheimer’s Association staff members 
  • attended 8 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events
  • I have no idea how many caregivers I met or how many alzheimer’s patients. There were many of both.

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The Epic Journey is over as of today, August 12th, 2017. My personal Facebook page will become just that. My blog will be used to write what I feel inspired to record. Twitter will be used in the same manner as the blog and will not automatically post into Facebook. The Across the Land page will remain operational and used sparingly. 

The failures on the Epic Journey were mine, but the successes were ours. 

I would never begin to thank anyone by name for fear of forgetting someone. I will say “Thank You” to everyone that helped. 

My favorite Bible verse for the Journey was . . . “I can do all things through Christ, whom strengthens me.”     Phillipians 4:13

My favorite quote for the Journey was . . . When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me‘     Erma Bombeck 

My “Epic Journey” is over. 

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The beautiful Journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.”     Steve Maraboli

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P.S. entered 11:28 am on August 13th, 2017

Sometimes we start an Epic Journey for one reason, but God has other plans. 

This Journey was to tell caregivers that people care. It was to tell them of a way to reach out for help, and that they are not alone. It was to tell whomever would listen, a little bit about having alzheimer’s or of being a caregiver. It was to tell folks in our senior residence facilities thanks. It was to remind folks that lawmakers hold the purse strings that contain money for research.  It was to express thanks to folks that helped send these messages. It was about thanking God for life. 

     

    You know what sounds stressful to me?

    Being under fire, in 121 degree heat, over 7,000 miles from home.

    From Jared Diamond, UCLA professor – about our seniors 

    The paragraph below is an excerpt from the article in the link below it.  

    Societies also vary in how much they respect their old people — or don’t. In East Asian cultures steeped in a Confucian tradition that places a high value on filial piety, obedience and respect, Diamond said, “it is considered utterly despicable not to take care of your elderly parents.” The same goes for Mediterranean cultures, where multigenerational families live together in the same house — in stark contrast to the United States, “where routinely, old people do not live with their children and it’s a big hassle to take care of your parents even if you want to do it.”

    http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/jared-diamond-on-aging-150571

    told by Pope Frances 

    “Once as a child, a grandmother told us the story of an old grandfather who got dirty while eating because he couldn’t easily bring the spoonful of soup to his mouth. And his son, that is, the father of the family, had decided to move him from the dinner table and set up a little table in the kitchen to eat alone, so he couldn’t be seen. In this way he wouldn’t make a bad impression when friends came over to lunch or dinner. A few days later, he came home and found his youngest child playing with some wood and a hammer and nails, he was making something there, he said: ‘What are you making? — I’m making a table, papa. — A table, why? — To have one for when you grow old, so that you can eat there.’

    80 days in senior care facilities (approximate)

    In 2013 over 40 senior care facilities let us in for a visit. In total is was almost 80 days worth of time. What an honor that was. 

    The stories of the lives of the residents and the staff were wonderful to hear. I would eat there and we would chat. I would sit in the lobby some of the time and speak with whomever came by. I also spoke with staff, mostly after they went off duty. We spoke of family, theirs and mine. 

    Feeling Grateful for those times. 

    My arrival time at most of the facilities would be usually late afternoon, spend the night, sometimes 2 and sometimes more. At some, a volunteer would shuttle me back and forth a couple of days. Rest, knowledge and inspiration were given to me by the basket full. I gave them respect, admiration for their tenacity, and kindness. I thanked both them and the ones involved in setting these visits up. 

    Those were good times that truly have become Great Memories!