A year ago I was using a cane and could barely walk a block. Yesterday I downhill skiied on Baldy in Sun Valley. I was measured and methodical and it felt pretty good!! I was very proud. That said, we’ve never been here this time of year and there are too many macho teens on the mountain so I will probably cross country the rest of the time and resume the downhill MlK. There was a big storm the day we arrived (via Boise and car) and then yesterday was a flawless blue sky. Hard to ask for better!
Today was the same. Bright light glistening off the white snow against the stark blue sky. After the kids and Creighton took off for the mountain I dozed off for another hour+ in the living room. Heavenly. I realize I have to just surrender to the fatigue. For it allowed me a good hour cross country ski. Not fast, but I did it. So serene. I love that this scenery is a mere 7 minutes from town. Town is overrun but out here you can’t tell. I hope this air is healing my tumors I finished two excellent books this week. One is ShoeDog, Phil Knight’s memoir about Nike and Les Parisiennes, about the any women who held up the home front and the resistance and who suffered in the camps in WWII. The first was a fantastic look at a company built by passion and resilience and growth at almost any cost. He is quiet and shy, but had a “crazy idea” that changed the world of sports wear. While pushing for growth he was constantly operating on the edge, one check away from going under, but he built a team who fiercely believed in his vision and who were remarkably resourceful. The second is a heartbreaking book that makes you realize how much of history is written by men. It is a fascinating, if sobering, look at how women served the resistance, how they held together a home with little money or food of anything, and how many women endured hell on earth in the camps.
A few quotes to wrap up 2016:
Music…gives wings to the mind, a soul to the universe, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, a life to everything.
Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb.
MACRINA WIEDERKEHR, O.S.B
We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but for the grace to transform them.
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the earth revolves.
THICH NHAT HANH
When the waves close over me, I dive down to fish for pearls.
Help me to be less fearful of the measure of time, and more fully alive in the time that simply is. Help me to live time, not just to simply use it; to breathe it in, and return it in acts of love and presence.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
JOHN MILTON, 17TH-CENTURY ENGLISH POET
It is hard to believe how much happens in the space of a year. I wish you health, joy, and happiness in 2017!