Posts Tagged ‘walking’

Enthusiasm

October 4, 2010

We have a dog, actually, it is my son’s dog.   It is about one year old, a mixture of Black Lab,  German Shepard, and Siberian Huskie.  Her name is Jasmine.  Jasmine came to live with us a few months ago.  She is still very much an overgrown puppy.  She lives outdoors in a ten by ten kennel with an attached doghouse.  She is allowed to come inside for visits, which she enjoys, but it is clear that the highlight of her day is when she goes for a walk.  She is not very well-trained.  Actually, I think that when she has the leash put on her, she thinks that is a dog sled trace and her duty is to pull the sled along.  It not an exercise for the frail or faint of heart.

The point of all this is that I am amazed at her enthusiasm for those walks.  She bounces around, trying to take in every sight and smell, while still going as fast as I will allow her to go.  She is obviously enjoying the experience with every fiber of her being.

I admire her enthusiasm.

I wish that I had the ability to enjoy the simple things of life half as much as that dumb dog.  Maybe she’s not so dumb after all.  Maybe I could learn something from her about enthusiasm and enjoying life.

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Not In A Hurry

February 25, 2010

I was at the gym yesterday.  (I do go more than once a week, you know.)  There was a young mother there, pushing her baby around the track in a stroller.  In an attempt at humor, I commented to her that I wish my laps around the track were as easy as his, as I pointed at her baby.  Of course, I was remembering my run from Monday that had been particularly difficult. 

Later, I thought about what I had said, and have decided that I didn’t mean it.  There may come a time when my ability to run around the track comes to an end.  I may someday be reduced to walking.  There may come a time, should Jesus tarry, and I live long enough, when I will be only able to go around the track being pushed in a wheelchair. 

I am definitely not in a hurry for that!

One of the reasons that I excercise is to be able to continue to enjoy a healthy, active  lifestyle.  I am hoping to continue in that pattern for as long as possible.   I am aging, and will try to accept the natural changes of life, but everything that I have read and heard, tells me that the bodies God gave us can continue to do quite well, if we take care of them.

I will do what I can to take care of mine.