Wholehearted Living~Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell would have been 195 years old today. Or we might have announced at the church social that she was “195 years young.”

Any recognition for Maria would most definitely have to have been at night, since that is when she did her best work.

Maria was the first professional woman astronomer. A rare accomplishment in Puritan Massachusetts.  Maria Mitchell was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1818. She was the third child of 10 born and she was taught at first by her father but then she intrinsically motivated herself with further studies. Google’s logo today honors Maria Mitchell.

Maria Mitchell at the telescope

There is a quote attributed to motivational speaker Les Brown that advises ““Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Maria did this very thing, a very rare thing for the times, and maybe even today too.

Using a telescope in 1847, she was the first to discover a comet, now known today as comet C/1847 T1.

Mitchell was also the first woman admitted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As a faculty member at Vassar College, she taught astronomy. There is a crater on the moon named for Maria Mitchell.

And she must have felt God’s grace. Like the stars, her life reflected praise.

She said, “Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.”

When you look at the night sky tonight, remember to whisper a Happy Birthday wish to Maria Mitchell.

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Read more about Maria Mitchell at the Writer’s Almanac

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Wholehearted Living: A Story from the Pavement

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Jennifer Dukes Lee at Monday's Boston Marathon

Jennifer Dukes Lee at Monday’s Boston Marathon  http://jenniferdukeslee.com/where-was-god-in-boston/

A  stirring perspective from the Boston Marathon by Jennifer Dukes Lee:

I stood shivering and bouncing among 8,000 runners that cool May morning when the gun shot off.

My dad stood at the starting line, pumping his fists in the air. And he would be there again, with my mom and sister, at mile four, and again at mile seven. I remember how proud they were for me, even though I scooted along at the back at the pack.

Bob, a pastor-friend, told me a few days before the race to pay attention while I was running because the half-marathon was more than a race. It was an opportunity to see God. 

And so I saw… Click here to read the rest of Jennifer’s story

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Whole-Hearted Living~November 29

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LLBean first boot design

 

It’s no surprise to readers of this blog that I love shoes. So I giggled with glee when I read about a story of success built upward, literally,  from the soles of the feet.

November is the birth month of Leon Leonwood Bean, American inventor, author and founder of the L.L. Bean. Garrison Keillor writes the story of his life which is worthwhile reading at this link.

Leon Bean’s story demonstrates whole-hearted living because:

  • He experienced loss at the early age of 12 years when both of his parents died
  • He experienced rejection in his job as a door-to-door salesman invented a boot to withstand the cold, snowy trails.
  • Although Bean’s first “Maine Hunting Shoe” was defective in design and 90% of the orders were returned, he kept improving on his model and did not give up.
  • Bean took his guarantee of quality and workmanship seriously, and although it cost almost all the money he had, he returned the money his customer’s spent and worked to improve the boot’s design. Because of this, Keillor writes, “He quickly garnered a reputation for his personal integrity and orders began to flow.”
  • He took advantage of the technology of the time. When the U.S. Postal Service begun offering parcel delivery, he opened a factory directly above the post office in Freeport, Maine, where his brother served as the local postmaster.  This streamlined the distribution of his growing product line and also the hunting and fishing licenses he sold. Soon his business was open 24 hours a day in case a hunter or fisherman needed a license or supplies.
  • He did not outsource his R&D and as Bean’s product line grew, he tested every new item personally.

Bean insisted on this practice: “Sell good merchandise at a reasonable profit, treat your customers like human beings, and they will always come back for more.” Even during the Depression his stores made a profit.

  • He continued to write and edit his catalog until his death at age 94 years.

Staying with what he knew, designing to solve a problem and then consistently refining and improving this product has kept L.L. Bean a successful company for 100 years. Bean’s legacy outlived his life.

See the L.L. Bean Anniversary timeline at this link.
Read more about L.L. Bean’s life at this post

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Whole-hearted Living Thursdays~October 17~Felix Baumgardner

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Felix Baumgardner entered the edge of space on October 14, 2012, and then jumped! He made history as the first free-fall skydiver to break the speed of sound.  Just moments before Felix jumped from space, he spoke to the One who made this dream come true.


See also at this link: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0JM9MCNU
Music: Switchfoot, Dare You To Move

Sometimes stress is a blockade against Whole-hearted living. This post by Denise offers Ten Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Life
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Life In Bloom

 

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Great flights and smart pilots and one especially thoughtful flight attendant. Today I am speaking on “Whole-hearted Living” for Judy Osborne’s LIFT group. LIFT stands for “Living Is For Today”. Whenever I think of Whole-hearted Living I think of Army Sergeant Cesar Sanchez. His amazing choices are reblogged here today on Whole-hearted Living Thursday.

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February 23, 2012~`~Everyday at Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom theme park a ceremony occurs amid the rides, cartoon characters, shops, and cotton candy. In Towne Square, the Flag Retreat ceremony includes saying the Pledge of Alliance, flag salute, marching band performance, parade of active and retired armed forces members, singing the Star-Spangled Banner, and retiring the colors.

Part of the daily ceremony agenda includes honoring veterans, who carry the flag down Main Street USA after it has been taken down from the flag pole. In January, 2012, although still recovering from his injuries in Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Cesar Sanchez left his electric wheelchair to walk and carry the flag down Main Street.

Sergeant Sanchez said, “If it’s for the colors, I’ll walk.”

Disney cast members who assisted with the ceremony that day were stunned by his courage and resolve to honor the Stars and Stripes in this way. Many in attendance observed his fortitude…

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Wholehearted Living Thursdays~August 2

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Here is an article spotlighting seven brief profiles of Team USA world-class athletes to share with your kids and youth group. All represent the United States and are great examples whether or not they win a gold, silver, or bronze medal from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Tervel Dlagnev, Arlington, Texas was influenced by Christian teammates on his high school and college wrestling teams
Maya Moore, signs her autographs with  Colossians 3:23
Reid Priddy, men’s volleyball said “the Bible is the most powerful book I’ve ever read in my life.”
Paige McPherson, aka McFierce, South Dakota-“I have trust in the Lord that whatever happens, happens”
Ryan Hall, See also The New York Times profile called “A Runner’s Belief: God Is His Coach.”
Lolo Jones, Women’s 100-meter Hurdles-“when I’m standing in a stadium packed with 80,000 screaming fans, I can’t just whip out my Bible before I run. That’s when I start praying!”
Hunter Kemper, running triathlons since he was 10 years-old said, “It felt so good, it felt so good for me just to realize that there’s something bigger that I need to be focusing on.”
Click here to read the entire article.

See also “Faithful champions: Olympic greats from the past who have put their trust in Christ,” by J.C. Derrick

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Wholehearted Living Thursdays~July 19

connieOn selected Thursdays,  there are Because of Grace Wholehearted Living Stories:

At 101 years old, Connie was still riding her horse every day. She taught over 36,000 girls to ride at a girls summer camp over a span of 70 years. She was a huge inspiration to many people. Her health was great and her mind was sharp.

When asked about her secret to longevity, she said, “Well Honey, you just don’t let that rocking chair take over…you get up and go even if you dont want to.”

Thanks, Connie for your whole-hearted living advice.

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Whole-Hearted Living Thursdays~May 31~Liz Murray

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Liz Murray  was born seven years before my daughter. She is the founder and director of Manifest Living,  a company that provides a series of workshops that empower adults to create the extraordinary things in their lives.

Murray was born in the Bronx, New York on September 23, 1980 to poor, and drug-addicted parents who would later each contract HIV. She became homeless just after she turned 15, when her mother died of AIDS, and her father moved to a homeless shelter. Murray fought through some incredibly difficult circumstances and was finally able to turn her life around when she began attending the Humanities Preparatory Academy in Chelsea, Manhattan.

Though she started high school later than most students, and remained without a stable home while supporting herself and her sister, Murray graduated in only two years. She was awarded a New York Times scholarship for needy students and was accepted into Harvard University, matriculating in the fall semester of 2000. Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard is her memoir and she says, “my passion now is to help transform the lives of others.”

Liz Murray has broken the generational pattern of violence, of substance abuse and of homelessness.

And she is all of thirty now.

Your comments and thoughts always welcome~!

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Whole-Hearted Living Thursdays~May 3~Inspiring Women

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Always keep learningI was delighted to see a digital anthology of Wholehearted Living stories carefully collected and archived at my friend, Garrett’s blog, Quit Taking It Personally   (which is also an awesome life affirmation too).

Click over to Quit Taking It Personally  and read about Rachel’s Daily Pep Talk from a Best Friend, Maria and her commitment to teach encourage girls to pursue math and science, Joanne’s change in perspective and several more inspiring stories. Real people living real, awareness-filled stories…just like you! Read these stories: they are short but packed with inspiration.

Your comments and thoughts always welcome~!

And a digital P.S.: I am very interested in your 10 Books to Pack for a Move from yesterday’s post

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Wholehearted Living Thursdays~A Scottish Farmer

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Paying It Forward Works!

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

‘I want to repay you,’ said the nobleman. ‘You saved my son’s life.’

‘No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,’ the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel.

‘Is that your son?’ the nobleman asked.
‘Yes,’ the farmer replied proudly.

‘I’ll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.’ And that he did.

Farmer Fleming’s son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman’s son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved his life this time? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill … His son’s name?

Sir Winston Churchill.
Keeping Springing Forward and Paying It Forward!

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Wholehearted Living Thursdays~Heroes Among Us

February 23, 2012~`~Everyday at Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom theme park a ceremony occurs amid the rides, cartoon characters, shops, and cotton candy. In Towne Square, the Flag Retreat ceremony includes saying the Pledge of Alliance, flag salute, marching band performance, parade of active and retired armed forces members, singing the Star-Spangled Banner, and retiring the colors.

Part of the daily ceremony agenda includes honoring veterans, who carry the flag down Main Street USA after it has been taken down from the flag pole. In January, 2012, although still recovering from his injuries in Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Cesar Sanchez left his electric wheelchair to walk and carry the flag down Main Street.

Sergeant Sanchez said, “If it’s for the colors, I’ll walk.”

Disney cast members who assisted with the ceremony that day were stunned by his courage and resolve to honor the Stars and Stripes in this way. Many in attendance observed his fortitude and took pictures.

Sergeant Cesar Sanchez

Sergeant Cesar Sanchez holding the colors during Disney ceremony

Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service wrote, “Sgt. Sanchez shared that he was injured while deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, serving in an elite Army company responsible for finding and clearing improvised explosive devices. He was injured during one such mission, but calmly reminded me that it was his job to do so. Stunned silence was really all I could offer in return and a meager, ‘thank you’ squeaked out between a few tears, hiccups and deep breaths.”

Sgt. Sanchez received both Purple Hearts on the mission that injured him because he insisted on doing the sweep first, before leading the rest of his team into the danger zone. Because of his concern for his team, only the vehicle that Sgt. Sanchez was traveling in exploded , saving the members of his team.

Sergeant Sanchez’ wife Farrah is also in the Army. She told Kelly Glassburn, “Please tell everyone how proud my husband and I were to join the Army and serve our country. We love our jobs! I also want everyone to know how proud (daughter) Emily and I are of Cesar and how very much we love him still.”

Because of Bravery, Because of Grace, we live in a country of heroes, superheroes, who live unselfishly and wholeheartedly.

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Wholehearted Living Thursdays~Love’s Transforming Power

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February 16, 2012

I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. ~ Psalm 9:2


Right at the end of my pityparty of unfulfilled expectations for Valentine’s Day, came this uplifting message from my friend Jean at the We Love Gratitude community.

Jean wrote about Charles Russell the painter known for his ferocious paintings of cowboys and ranches. There was one painting in his portfolio, called “My Valentine” that features a heart framing an angelic-looking woman playing a guitar surrounded by angels. 

The artist associated with angels transformed his style into one of delicate swooning. It is believed that Charles Russell painted this while thrilled with the courtship of his future wife, Nancy.

The piece shows a more romantic and whimsical side of the painter, who is known for his rough-and-tumble images of frontier Montana. ~Tom Cook, Montana Historical Society Museum

You gotta know that Russell might have received some snickering from the roughriding subjects of his previous and future paintings. There might have been some folks that disapproved of Nancy, thought her to be too delicate or “not a good fit” for Russell’s life. But he did not care. He was transformed by love. He allowed love inside of him to transform him. This love may have been ignited by Nancy, but it was fueled by his courage to let it infused and occupy his heart.

His style was transformed by love. Love has the power of transforming even those of the most ferocious will…
Because of Grace.

(Thanks, Jean!)
Additional Reading on Charles Russell’s painting

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Wholehearted Living Thursdays~Giving Up is a lot like Fast Food

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February 2, 2012

My hunger for resolution and relief has led me periously close to an unhealthy focus on self. I am circling a place between giving up and seeing how much more I can take. Then a story of resilence and courage lands in my lap.

Al Oerter was a track and field athlete who won the gold medal for discus throwing in the 1956/1960/1964 Olympics.

A week before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Al tore the cartilage off the right side of his rib cage in a field practice accident. He had trouble with a cervical disc and had to wear a neck collar to keep it from hurting. Somehow he managed to qualify for the finals, but had so much pain that his doctor advised him to drop out.

“Don’t make a fool of yourself,” an inner voice whispered, “You’ve got an excuse. Withdraw!”

But Al Oerter suited up for the competition. He felt he had to try, in spite of the pain. When it came time for Al to throw the discus, he stepped into the ring and prayed, “God, give me strength.”  His first toss was not particularly good, but it was good enough to get him into the last string of finalists. He three more chances. His next throw was a failure, and the pain in his side and neck intensified.

But Al trusted God to provide the strength he didn’t have. He stepped back into the ring and threw the discus one more time. It sailed over 200 fete down the field for a new world record-and Al’s third gold medal. Looking back on that day, Al said, “…the important thing for all of us to remember is that wherever we want to go in life, we won’t get there unless we bend all out efforts—mental, physical, and spiritual—toward that end.”

Sometimes giving up is a lot like Fast Food and Al Oerter. It is an easy choice, it is fast, some folks who are dear to us will suggest it for our ease and comfort. And often, almost always at least for a time, our pain, our hunger for relief will go away. Our intense pain will depart for a moment.

But Al Oerter’s story* reminds me that descpite great pain, if I hang on, remember the promises of God’s refuge and care, there will be a victory. And victory is a meal worth waiting for.

Remember, I will be with you and protect you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done all that I have promised you. ~God, Genesis 28:15


Quotes to Help You Regain Confidence When You Feel Defeated (thank you, Garrett for this link!)

*The retelling of Al Oerter’s story is adapted from The Names of God by Lester Sumrall

Wholehearted Living Thursdays~October 20

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This week has been centered on Prayer.

Through prayer, we can transcend the physical by connecting our minds to our hearts. When you pray, simply acknowledge the truth that lies within your heart.

Bishop Julius Oyet believes God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that he can ask or think, because of the power of prayer. In 2003, Bishop Julius Oyet felt led by God to lead “Operation Gideon” in northern Uganda against a cult in northern Uganda. For seventeen years the LRA destroyed millions of innocent lives, wrecked the economy, and left thousands of homesteads burned. Almost 80% of the northern Uganda region’s population was displaced.

Through “Operation Gideon” teams of twenty-two people conducted onsite prayer vigils with pastors and leaders. These actions required the protection of the nation’s army to go into these dangerous areas. Bishop Oyet’s story is documented in a video entitled, The Unconventional War.

As a result of these actions, a great turning point in the war took place. Many of the LRA leaders surrendered and gave their lives to Jesus Christ.

Wholehearted Living Thursdays~October 13

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“Make it about Him, not you. Enjoy every second. Choose joy.” Sara Frankl

 Sara Frankl lived her life Wholeheartedly.

 I began to learn from Sara by visiting her blog called “Gitizen Girl.” It is one of the links on the blogroll to the left. As Sara’s friend Shannon wrote, “This {blog} has always been one of honesty. Gitz is all about real. Even when there’s pain mixed in.”

“When I stopped dreaming I could run, I knew for sure my life had changed permanently. The disease I have is called Ankylosing Spondylitis …” Sara Frankl, Just A Part of the Whole

And it was for me too a place to be real. To feel every feeling and give every pain to the Lord. Sara was an example to me, although we never met. She introduced to the empathetic Counselor. I had believed in the mighty God, but it was Sara who introduced me to the Prince of Peace and Accepting Counselor.

As her friend, said in tribute, “Sara did everything full throttle, both feet in, filled with intention and limitless enthusiasm, shown by the sparkle in her eyes for what most interested those she loved. She told me that the most important gift you could ever give someone was your full and undivided attention. Sara got it. She knew that to live well meant to treasure moments and seem them as gifts. She chose joy. Not happiness, which is as flimsy as a shirt blowing on a line in the breeze, but true heart joy which sustains through obstacles, disease, death. She made the hard choices.

 Every

Day

She chose community. Using her words to a build a life when her body failed her. She shared her faith boldly. She was real. Alive. Present in every moment. She made those around her and those who shared her world via her words desire to enjoy their days as she would have…

 No going back

No regrets.”

 

Sara Frankl died Saturday, September 24, 2011 with her mother and brother by her side. Sara was quite passionate about World Vision, Relay for Life, and St. Stephens Catholic Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

“So, we’ll walk together on this road, surrounding each other, lifting Sara and her family up, celebrating her life. We’ll do it for her, because she’s amazing. We’ll also remember that it’s okay for us to feel, to cry out, to lean on each other. She’s taught us that. Who knew that as she was posting on her grief she’d be giving us a guidebook to what our lives may look like just a year later? He did.” Sara’s Friend Shannon

Wholehearted Living Thursdays~October 6

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Gleaners and Gleaning

Millions of pounds of edible yet unsellable produce would be left to waste on farms across our country if it were not for the thousands of volunteers who collect food for people in need. Groups like Glean for the City in Virginia, the D.C. Central Kitchen, and the national Society of St. Andrew Gleaning Network organize “gleaners,” who gather food left behind after harvest, a
practice that dates back to the Old Testament. Visit http://www.endhunger.org to learn more, donate, or volunteer.

Wholehearted Living Thursdays~September 22

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Fresno school official has a gift for giving

Superintendent Larry Powell is retiring for one day, then going back to work for much lower pay so he can give his original salary and benefits back to the school district.

It was supposed to be a quiet thing; no fanfare, no press releases 

Fresno County School Superintendent Larry Powell and his wife, Dot, a retired principal, had figured out a way to help imperiled programs in their struggling school district. 

He would retire for one day. Then come back to work at a pittance compared with his former salary — putting more than $800,000 of his salary and benefits back in the district’s coffers. 

But in tough economic times, when public trust has been repeatedly battered, word of an elected official giving back money quickly made its way from a Board of Education meeting to national headlines. Powell spent his “retirement” giving television and magazine interviews.

“We were trying to not create a big stir,” said Armen Bacon, spokeswoman for the Fresno County Office of Education. “But we’re living in a time of despair and people are so hungry for stories about the impact one person can make.”

Powell officially retired Wednesday. The district was contracted to pay him $235,000 plus benefits a year through 2014. He went back to work Friday, rehired at a salary of $31,020 with no benefits, to run 35 school districts with 195,000 students.

By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0901-fresno-superintendent-20110904,0,4431218.story

Wholehearted Living Thursdays~September 8

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Irena Sendler 1910-2008

During World War II, Irena Sendler worked in the Warsaw, Poland Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the tool box she carried and older children in a burlap sack she carried in the back of her truck. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and
out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids’ and infants’ noises. Irena managed to smuggle out and save 2500 children. She eventually was caught, and the Nazis broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar buried under a tree in her
backyard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and reunited some of the families. Most had been killed. She helped those children get placement into foster family homes or adopted. Last year Irena was
up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won – for a slide show on Global Warming.

Via Sherilee Coffey at http://pinterest.com/sherilee_coffey/

Whole-hearted Living~Mary Stroebe~August 18

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“I think I’m young, so I act like it.”~ Mary Stroebe

There is a picture on my office vision board of tulips, Huntington Beach pier, the rock I climbed on my birthday, and Mary Stroebe.

In 2006 Mary Stroebe, took part in her twelfth triathlon.

                                                                      …at the age of 88

The silver-haired great-grandmother from Wisconsin competed in at least twelve triathlons, an event that combines swimming, biking and running. She competed despite a titanium rod in her left shin and you know, being on this earth for nine decades.  In her first triathlon in she joined her son Bruce and her granddaughter in a three-generation team. Each one competed in one leg of the race.

“I just watched them and said that looks like fun,” she said. “I can do that.”

Despite doctors’ orders that she not participate, in 2006, Mary, with the titanium rod firmly in place, competed anyway. Maybe it was her life-long athleticism or her training in the Navy Waves or as a public school teacher. But Mary Stroebe competed until

“Each year I think it’s my last,” she said. “Sometimes I think it’s time to hang it up. Then it comes and I think it’s fun to do it one more year.”

And so she did, until 2008, when at age 90 she retired.

“It’s been nice – more than I deserve,” she says of her notoriety. “I won’t let it go to my head. I just think it’s something other people could do if they put their minds to it. You have to train for it, but that’s part of the fun.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13550045/ns/health-aging/t/-year-old-great-grandma-loves-triathlons/
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_2008_July_8/ai_n27892974/

Day 26~Courage~Be Gentle, Be Love and Wholehearted Living

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Today it is <tentative pause> about me.
This is not a post about superhero, admirable courage akin to those who fight for us and protect us.
This is a small incident report of a few of my small steps.

Every step is a step toward taking back your life.

You deserve this. ~Amanda Oaks

A couple of weeks ago, on my birthday, I hiked.
Solitary but not Alone.
Surrounded by Abundance
Reaching the summit.
I was not at all self-conscious about making the climb sing-glee
until a younger version of me commented about it, as she took my picture.
For a long minute
or two…

my spirit fell like Peter’s did when he walked on water toward the source of his joy.
and then started thinking too much. Too much in his head.

I smiled. Pointed to a hawk, felt the breeze

And I took tender steps away
from another’s idea of companionship,
my mind filled with possibilities of

hearing the voices the Indian’s still claim to hear in the breeze
and
getting the t-shirt that proved I climbed
and
soaking in the pedicure
and
the iced latte(s)

The breeze swirled with this reminder…

 Baby souls follow.

Young souls lead.

But old souls are happy to dance alone. ~Mike Dooley

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