Learning from My Morning Run

This morning I awoke after a peaceful sleep in White Salmon.  Whenever I am here, I have this feeling like I drop in – drop into myself, my family, the beautiful area around me….everything feels slower and more calm.  Right now as I write this, there is a sweet fire warming me as I listen to cries of the fierce winds outside.  So cozy.

My day started with a 5 mile run with AJ.  Running the hills in White Salmon is quite different than my usual neighborhood runs in Portland.  As I began the big climb to the top of the ridge, I felt overwhelmed when I looked ahead to how far I needed to go, but then I turned to my right and noticed the small flowers and thought:

“don’t look ahead.  Just take it step by step.”

What a metaphor for how I’ll need to handle this process.  When I start to think about surgery, recovery, fear of a new cancer, I feel immediately overwhelmed and like I want to stop.  But when I just notice where I am right now (by this cozy fire), I feel ok like “I can do this.  It will all be ok.”

Here is me at the top of the ridge feeling super strong!

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Here is the gorgeous flowers I saw…. my favorite orange poppies!

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And here is my sweet honey at the finish line! 🙂

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