The fly by…day two.

Last week this would not have happened. Even if I had taken my gym shoes, even if I had the workout clothes neatly folded in my bag, I would have come up with a reason to deny making  time for myself, somehow after all I have worked on, there are still moments (sometimes months)  I just don’t believe I deserve it.  The excuses would have been justified, the reasons totally valid, if you want or need them to be. The storm did come, but I chose to walk the path anyway, and this is what I would have missed if I gave up, went home, or simply thought, “I’ll start tomorrow.”

This was today.

I pulled into the parking lot of one of my favorite places to walk in the city, like clockwork the show would begin, I simply had to be aware and pay attention, which I did.

I could see the rain in the distance, the wind was blowing and if there is a greater therapy to wash away stress I have not found it. The  park has an area with tall, tall grasses, shutting my eyes  I walked blindly through them with my arms out in front of me, as the blades tickled my arms, legs, and face I  giggle like a squirmy 4 year old.



I came out the other side and saw an elderly man in a wheelchair, his frail wife pushing him as close to the grass as she could,  his crippled hand stretched out as much as possible reaching just far enough to have his fingertips dance with the blowing blades of grass as I heard her say to him, “this is always your favorite part.” her smile was infectious as she patted his shoulder. I am not sure when I have seen anything more beautiful.

The sky was turning darker but I kept walking, and listen to my favorite songs, thinking about nothingness which is kind of a gift sometimes…




All in all not a long walk, just over two miles but it was an important one for sure. A one foot in front of the other kinda walk that makes me grateful for the simplest things, everywhere I turn the beauty just keeps shaking me.



I ate well.

I witnessed some amazingly beautiful things.

I welcome the challenges of tomorrow.


Thank you all.




“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” -Thich Nhat Hanh



  1. Mandarin says:

    Thanks, Lori. I have been stuck in a rut (aka crinkle), and you have given me new hope. Keep going, friend. Every step makes a difference.

  2. Lillian says:

    Thank you for taking us along on your beautiful walk.

  3. anna nielsen says:

    Am completely proud of your determination to get into the swing of things once again. You have proved time and time again that you are that person like the energizer bunny that keeps going and going. Your battery has no end and your determination is there once again. I applaud you for these wonderful strides you are taking to get yourself into a better healthy life. Hugs and prayers coming to you tonight for all you are accepting and doing to get to that better healthy lifestyle. This Granny from Wisconsin and pup Ghoster are proud of you and encourage you to continue your quest. Looking forward to your challenge of tomorrow……how little, short of big or humongous it might be. You go girl~ 🙂

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