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Starfish

I first heard this story many years ago, and for whatever reason it stuck with me, so I thought I would share.

One day I was walking barefoot on the beach. I was enjoying the view, and the waves splashing against my feet.
In the distance I could see a little girl throwing something into the ocean. As I got closer I noticed that she wasn’t throwing stones, or sticks. She was in fact throwing starfish. Hundreds of starfish had washed up on the shore from a storm the night before.
I asked the little girl ‘What are you doing? It’s not like you can save them all?’
She picked up another starfish and as she was throwing it back into the sea she said ‘I know, but it made a difference to that one.’

So the point of the story? Well sometimes we loose perspective. Sometimes well try to look at too much, rather than just focusing on the small things. Just remember that whatever you do, give it 100%. It is better to do small things with great love than big things with rushed love and attention.

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Life – Happens

So  have been absent, in the sense that I haven’t posted anything for a while.

Well there has been nothing really new to share or post about.

So I thought I would post some general things that have been happening in my life.

I now own a bikini and I must say I do love it.  I went to Swimwear Galore (in Geelong) and got this little number.

Ok so the bottoms are slightly different but that’s what I got, and I like it, and I can’t wait until the weather warms up and I can wear it on the beach.  I don’t look as good as her, I’m not a model, I have had 2 children, but you know what that doesn’t matter, because I’m happy with my body and I like my new suit.

I’ve also been training for Run Ballarat which just happens to be this Sunday.  It’s no longer going to be a 12km course 😦 . It is now a 11km course.  Why the sad face.  Cause well I was looking forward to running 12km’s.  Should be an interesting track, and I’m hoping that I get a sub 56min time.  Actually anything under and hour would be great.

The last 2 weeks my body has definitely been feeling the changes. And no I don’t mean menopause.  I just mean changes of routine.

First their were school holidays.
So I got a bit slack with logging my food and with eating.  However I did not put on any weight. So looks like my body is at it’s natural set point weight.

Then second – Daylight savings.  The time difference sent me into a zombie state.  It also did not help that on the 1st Monday of Daylight savings change (8th October), I went on my scheduled 16km long run. I only just feel now like my body is recovering from it. It took a lot out of me for whatever reason.  However I did keep a good pace, and if I keep at that pace, I should get my sub 2 hour time when I do my half marathon in Portland on 4th November.

But now that we have been in daylight savings for a week, I feel that I’ve adjusted to the time difference.

I’m really enjoying the days getting warmer, however it makes me realise that running is really a winter sport.  I went for a run yesterday afternoon, and I was feeling it.  And it wasn’t all that hot either. So I’m going to have to some early morning runs, or do shorter runs, but at a higher intensity, I will work something out because I always do.

So life happens.  But one thing for certain I am definitely enjoying my life more now than I did a year ago. Why?
Well getting fit and healthy has been a part of that, but I feel like I have gotten to know me again, and have a better family relationship with my kids.  Also finding something that loves me for me has helped that part of the equation too.

So enjoy life, enjoy moments, and live.  For you, and no one else.

 

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Time

People are always complaining about time.

Mostly it’s “I never have enough time”. Which in my opinion (imo) is crap. We all have 24 hours in a day or 1440 minutes.

Notice how busy people always tend to get things done. I mean the saying goes “want something done, give it to a busy person”. And it’s true (unfortunately). People waste too much time on things that are unimportant. Why? Well it’s different for everyone. For some people they just don’t know what is important to them, or they do, but don’t know how to tackle it. If it is important to you, then you find a way.

Time is a lot of things to different people.  Some wish they had more of it, some wish they have less of it.

Time has a way of creeping up on us.  It also has a way of being incredible slow, especially when you want it to hurry up.

Time heals. We have all heard that one before, but it really does.  It can heal us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Time Changes us in so many different ways, and not just in the age sense it helps up to grow up.  Some people never grow up, they never learn, and they will never change.

I know personally for me the sense of time has changed. I appreciate time a lot more.  We should be lucky that we have time on our side, as growing old is a privilege denied to many. So let time be on your side, no against you, work with it, and it will work with you.

The Definition of Time if you care to read it that is:

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n.

1.

a. A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.
b. An interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration: a long time since the last war; passed the time reading.
c. A number, as of years, days, or minutes, representing such an interval: ran the course in a time just under four minutes.
d. A similar number representing a specific point on this continuum, reckoned in hours and minutes: checked her watch and recorded the time, 6:17 a.m.
e. A system by which such intervals are measured or such numbers are reckoned: solar time.
2.

a. An interval, especially a span of years, marked by similar events, conditions, or phenomena; an era. Often used in the plural: hard times; a time of troubles.
b. times The present with respect to prevailing conditions and trends: You must change with the times.
3. A suitable or opportune moment or season: a time for taking stock of one’s life.
4.

a. Periods or a period designated for a given activity: harvest time; time for bed.
b. Periods or a period necessary or available for a given activity: I have no time for golf.
c. A period at one’s disposal: Do you have time for a chat?
5. An appointed or fated moment, especially of death or giving birth: He died before his time. Her time is near.
6.

a. One of several instances: knocked three times; addressed Congress for the last time before retirement.
b. times Used to indicate the number of instances by which something is multiplied or divided: This tree is three times taller than that one. My library is many times smaller than hers.
7.

a. One’s lifetime.
b. One’s period of greatest activity or engagement.
c. A person’s experience during a specific period or on a certain occasion: had a good time at the party.
8.

a. A period of military service.
b. A period of apprenticeship.
c. Informal A prison sentence.
9.

a. The customary period of work: hired for full time.
b. The period spent working.
c. The hourly pay rate: earned double time on Sundays.
10. The period during which a radio or television program or commercial is broadcast: “There’s television time to buy” (Brad Goldstein).
11. The rate of speed of a measured activity: marching in double time.
12. Music

a. The meter of a musical pattern: three-quarter time.
b. The rate of speed at which a piece of music is played; the tempo.
13. Chiefly British The hour at which a pub closes.
14. Sports A time-out.
adj.

1. Of, relating to, or measuring time.
2. Constructed so as to operate at a particular moment: a time release.
3. Payable on a future date or dates.
4. Of or relating to installment buying: time payments.
The point to this post? No clue, sometimes I’m just random. But I should mention that I started writing this post 4 days ago, only just got to finish it now

Ever have those days?

Where… hmm I don’t know how to explain it, but I will do as best as I can. 

Ok so today marks the birth of me. I’ve been around now for 32 years.  Still a spring chicken? Well I hope so.
I stopped making a big deal about (my) birthdays a few years ago.  Why? Well because I had been disappointed too many times, and well, why should it be restricted to being told that I’m awesome and appreciated etc to just 1 day of the year.  Well I do hope you know what I mean. 

So I tired to kept the day as close to normal as possible.  And you know what I totally enjoyed it.  Yeah growing old is a privilege denied to many, so I don’t deny growing up or old.  In fact I enjoy my life more now than I ever did.  Sure it has it’s ups and downs but I’m truly happy, in fact the happiest I’ve been in a very long time. 

It was also good to spend time with my family, my new friends and even get an email from a friend I lost in contact with many years ago. 

Some times things just come full circle. 

So do you see what I mean? Ever have one of those days? Today was that day, and I don’t and didn’t mind.