Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present-
Clumsily in these trying times, we move forward … Love – Hope – Faith
** I have been wanting to share the following story with you for some time now. A whimsical story filled with love, a dude and unbridled hatred of following pedantic training plans. **
“Dude, the Leadville Trail Marathon is just around the corner in June. Are you ready training wise, mentally prepared?”
The conversation that followed only lasted at tops – Two minutes. This dude is the type of person that runs for pureness, to smile and what he told me was his love of being immersed in nature. The type of runner who takes his shoes off and runs 13 miles for the “pure enjoyment of being outside“. Training plans, schedules, blah … Are a hindrance to him. Three miles on Monday. Six on Thursday, taper off before you cycle and load nutritionally or whatever that means.
I paused, listened deeply to the passion resonating in his voice and thought:
The very characteristics that define “this dude” who can handle the adversity of just showing up to a marathon without any training what so ever are the very same characteristics that will define who we are as individuals: Happy, healthy and smiling through life.
Stop and take notice, that’s what I did. A simple conversation with a close friend turned my attention to what I (we) have faith in, who you love, what you love, and your dreams for the future.
The important lesson this morning (personally speaking from the story above), take the time to acknowledge with gratitude all the good things you have in your life. Trivial, bloated training plans not being one of them!
… not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
call to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
- Mary Oliver
Rage or Chill … Which one are you today? Maybe somewhere in the middle, be well and take care.
A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you-
Undoubtedly you have noticed some changes here over the past fortnight. Since day one we have been changing, this applies to your cute life story as well. Indeed many “things” in life change and if you could allow us a few moments of your precious time, we would like to share some questions we received recently via email. Each one hints at change and rather than writing a painfully, bloviated post? Prolixity is not something you will find here …
*We are paraphrasing the emails for your reading pleasure.
Tom – From Seattle
… Great site! Could you tell me more about your early posts? You guys seem to have quite a distaste towards CrossFit, the purveying atmosphere around CrossFit and those who choose to engage in extreme fitness programs?
Tom, our story here is one of injury, pain and suffering. Almost all of our off-line members (many of you as well) have suffered life altering injuries participating in events they loved and CrossFit just so happens to one of them. The early posts were raw with emotion, hate and vitriol … Then something changed. The problem was not the event, sport or routine (CrossFit). It was us. Hate is a powerful emotion that has evaporated over time and the more closely you analyze the details relating to the injuries, trying to find causation … You realize that you yourself are the problem.
Trish – From Auckland
… I’m curious as to why you guys switched to a Creative Commons License?
Trish, from post number one CultFit has been uncopyrighted. In essence this means every post has been released in the public domain, and the copyright on these posts as well.
There is no need to email asking for our permission … Everyone reading this today is free to use our content, however you choose! Email it, Pin-It, Like It, Share It, Write a book with “IT”. Your credit is appreciated but not required.
What you see here is yours, to do as you please. Our mindset of Seva is to give and not to hold, to let go of ownership and free ourselves of the stress and pain of trying to protect ownership (writing a book – copyrights). It is from this humble mindset that we embrace uncopyright. We sincerely hope that in doing so, our community will be better for it and we will all have a smile on our faces.
Valentines Day will be the last day we post here at WordPress. You will be able to find us at Cultfit.org from then on out. There will be no “Likes” or “Follows” but rest assured we will be kicking around these parts enjoying your thoughts, company and inspiring posts.
Email us at: CultFit
Twitter thing: CultFit Tweet
Use your Email Machine: CulFit email follow
Much like life, our new site is in work and evolving. Enjoy the rest of your weekends and be well!
Beauty surrounds us …
An eye is meant to see things.
The soul is here for its own joy.
A head has one use: For loving a true love.
Feet: To chase after.
Love is for vanishing into the sky. The mind,
for learning what men have done and tried to do.
Mysteries are not to be solved: The eye goes blind
when it only wants to see why.
A lover is always accused of something.
But when he finds his love, whatever was lost
in the looking comes back completely changed
*In all seriousness, the link(s) above are a must read if your body is sore today after a recent run.*
Epiphenomena, nifty word although why are you reading it here, like right now?!? Take care today and be well.
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want-
Today we ask of you, to:
- Think of someone who may have hurt or betrayed you and begin the process of forgiving them (maybe, this could be you).
- Write down (like right now) one “thing” that has made you feel alive today.
- Call a friend, family member or loved one who may be ill or down on their luck and ask what you can do to help.
In this order: Crocodile Breathing – Dead Man Roll(s) – KB Arm Bars (ask before you do these*) – Perfect Turkish Get Ups
*If your goal is to look this movement up on The Google Machine, use a heavy weight and tear your fragile shoulders up this afternoon? Have at it.*
Try to make a commitment today, to experiencing joy in whatever you do, forgiving after having been wronged (NHL Lockout – Lance Armstrong), sharing compassion with others … Be in awe of nature and the world around you.