I ran yesterday after almost two weeks of no running. It always feels so good to go running again after a break of several days or more. After an absence from running I am reminded of why I run. Why do I run? Obviously, I run for my health but mainly I run because I feel free when I run. None of the worries of life can stick to me when I run. Worries of life just slip off of me and for that little time that I’m kicking my legs, moving my arms, sucking in air, perspiring and feeling my heart beat heavily against my chest the world becomes this place where everything is fine and I’m just part of the motion of it. I love it. When my run is over the euphoria lingers for awhile and life is all good. Of course, you always have to come back to reality but after a run reality is easier to grapple with.
So, yesterday I ran 4.53 miles at a pace that is normally slow for me, 8:43 per mile. That was ok with me. I was just glad to be out there running. I ran through the dairy farm. I ran to the prayer flags and was not only surprised to see them still there but that a lot more had been added. Going to the prayer flags at the dairy farm yesterday was the first time for me being there since this past July. For those of you that do not know about this prayer flags I’m talking about allow me to tell you a little bit about them.
The inspiration to start the prayer flag project hit me during a run at the rails to trails in June 2009. The idea was that I would like to leave an imprint of not just my Faith but also, to reach out to others despite their religion or lack of. It was not about promoting one religion over another but a way of bringing people together through mutual respect of what belief he or she embraces and find common ground between us. And, it seemed to me then and now, that the common ground we all share is our need to share the burdens of life through prayer. We all need prayer despite what we believe. So, the first prayer flag project was setup at the end of the rails to trails in Savannah at a place called “the shrine”. There are over 500 prayer flags at the end of the rtt. Many of the prayer flags are heart felt prayers, others are funny and witty statements.
The other prayer flag project was setup at the Dairy Farm in the Avondale area of where I live. The Dairy Farm is a very special place to me. It is where two of my beloved dogs are buried, Maccabee and Isabella. The Dairy Farm is a place I go to strengthen the bond between my dog, Gypsy, and I and to reconnect with nature and God. It is a place where I sought solace during heartbreak. I have spent many hours at the dairy farm hiking with my dogs, mountain biking, running, and, simply kicking back on the pasture grass or against the old dilapidated Dairy Farm structure reading and taking in the sights and smells and enjoying the slow pace of nature. I have literally taken hundreds of pictures at the dairy farm. I have made new friends at the dairy farm. The dairy farm has made such an impact on my life that it seemed only natural that the second prayer flag project I initiated in Savannah should be there. So, it is. And, I’m happy.
- 3 great egrets
- 1 butterfly
- 2 fiddler crabs
- 1 vulture
I’m getting ready to put up a Christmas tree. So, I may not get a chance to run today. Tomorrow, though, I will definitely run.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog. All the best to you and yours. peace, dh 11/27/2010