Daily Bread #104
Sometimes there is a path you think you can follow. The rise looks gentle enough, doable, as they say. But sometimes that path, after it winds through some trees, after you get a glimpse of simply breathtaking views, the trail becomes a trial. It goes almost straight up and there are loose rocks that slip under your boots. At some point you realize that maybe you can reach the summit, but no way could you get down again without falling and sliding on your butt. It is important to find a path that leads more gently to the place you want to go.
The above picture is of a real trail in my neighborhood that looked inviting, but quickly became terrifying and so we turned around.
There are lessons in my walkabouts, if I pay attention. The metaphors get strained sometimes, like my muscles, but moving can also be a meditation.
I think we are in the second week of lockdown due to COVID-19; time is a little weird these days. We walk through the neighborhood between rain showers, I ride my stationary bike and do my physical therapy, we play cards, read, go to virtual church, share video calls with our kids, talk on the phone, and cook meals which take more planning as we are avoiding grocery stores and home deliveries can be delayed. Having a hot tub really helps for relaxation and we discovered GrubHub this week. We had a great dinner delivered from our favorite local Chinese restaurant with lots of leftovers for another day. I also wrote a couple of poems.
Life goes on, at least for now. It feels important to pace myself. This is a marathon not a sprint. After almost 2 years in the program (started in April of 2018), I have yet to wander too far from the path. If I can do that, I can also make it through this pandemic. I am grateful to have good companions and guides along the way, and feel very lucky to be in California where science is not considered fake news.
For all who are afraid, may courage come. For all who are sick, may they be healed.
L’Chaim! This week’s stats: My Fitbit report shows 75670 steps last week for 31 miles. I ate approximately 10367 calories and burned 13889 for a deficit of 3522. My average weight this week is down 1.1 pounds from last week’s average for a total loss of 169.3.