Posts Tagged ‘walking’

Aug 29/06 A New Strength

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The race was on, and from the beginning of the walk, I seemed to be, hmmm, falling behind, but holding my own. And so I was just plodding along, finally realizing that everyone else was no longer in sight, and I’m thinking, oh I better hurry, better hurry……

Funny how things happen, because suddenly I wasn’t racing any more…….if I had kept racing, I never would have stopped and noticed how absolutely stunning and beautiful the path was, that I was on. I just had to stop, and take a picture, it was so beautiful, and there was something so absolutely stunning and calm about that picture, but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. There was something about the rush and excitement of racing along with everyone that was wonderful, but when I stopped racing, I noticed a beauty I never would have seen.

For days now, every time I look at this picture, I keep wondering why I keep thinking these same words over and over again: “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” It turns out these words are from one of my favourite books in the Bible, the Book of Isaiah.

I finally get it. I used to be able to run the race, and I was strong, that was before HD. But now, if I just let myself be still, and be quiet, I can realize the beauty of the path that I am on now.

“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” Isaiah 30:15


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The walk today for hospice was fantastic. We did our 2 1/2 mile walk through some really beautiful walking trails, that are only 5 mins from my home, that i didn’t even know they were there. And then there was a festival the rest of the day at the park, they had live folk music, face painting, pony rides, kite flying…..our little grandaughter loved it, and we all had a nice day.

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OK, i’m going to do something really cool, that i’ve never done any kind of walks or fundraising in my life. This coming Saturday i am going in a walk to raise money for Mission Hospice Society. The walk is 2 1/2 miles long. I have been walking for an hour several days a week now, and my walk is 2 1/2 miles long, so i know i can do this, and i’m really excited about it. What better way to spread the news about HD, and do something for my community. When i ask people if they would like to sponsor me, i can tell them about the Hospice Society, and how in about 10 years or so i may be needing hospice due to HD. I did that this morning in church. No matter how many times i have told people i have HD, most do not understand, but when i said this morning that i was doing this walk, because i am terminal, and will need hospice some day too, that many of us may need hospice care at some time in our lives, people looked like they “got it”. Eric said on one thread that one thing we can do for advocacy, is get involved with the needs in our community. Maybe i will find out more about our Hospice Society, and get involved with them….now i just have to hope there are bathrooms along the walking route lol

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