Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Carpe Diem 4

I guess yesterday got me paying more attention to what's happening around me. I was sitting on the Bart train for my 40 minute ride to work absorbed in my book. After a few stops I looked up for really no good reason and saw a cute family: mom, dad, a young girl, and younger boy, all standing up in the aisle next to me. I looked back down at my book and started to read again but I couldn't focus. I just couldn't stay seated with these little kids and tired looking parents. I stood up and asked the mom if she'd like the seat. Her husband translated and she sat down and drew her son to her side. Admittedly I gave myself a pat on the back, but really I just couldn't not do it. I kept looking around hopefully expecting someone else to offer up their seat to the dad and daughter still standing. It didn't happen.

And for today's photo we have "Rolls" our beloved cat. I was about to get up and get some things done but I saw how comfy he was and I just couldn't disturb this sweet cuddle time just yet. :) This counts more as savoring than seizing, but that's just fine!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Carpe Diem 3

 Today I woke up a little bit earlier than yesterday (yeah!) and went for a quick run, sans music.  Usually I tune in on my runs to help get me through the "grind."  But, today I felt like I didn't want to just get through the run, I wanted to be present and experience it.  I stopped thinking "Am I running fast enough?", "Am I running too fast", "How much further?", or "Have I run far enough?"  Then, I started relaxing and just enjoying each moment without trying to compete with myself.  I even stopped a few times to take some pictures without stressing that I was either going to get back home too late, or I wasn't going to be able to get in a certain mileage.  It felt really nice and freeing.  I paid attention to the sky instead of the pavement in front of me, and enjoyed the pastel colors that come as the sun is rising.

As I was on the pedestrian bridge taking the first photograph the lyrics "Let the sun shine in, let the sun shine in, the sun shine in . . ." were as much literal as spiritual.  It was a great beginning to a new day.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Carpe Diem 2

Today I got up early and did some yoga. I opened up the blinds and watch the sky grow lighter. It was peaceful and quiet.

I've been "trying" to get back into my regular training program since my marathon in October. Ouch, it's really been that long! Today, in the spirit of taking advantage of each day I decided enough was enough with the procrastination. It felt really good. I'll be up early again tomorrow for a run.

A post should always have a photo, so here's one of my dinner. Rather than do what I'd planned - left over tri tip on French bread with BBQ sauce - I decided at the last minute to do something fun. I looked in the fridge and pulled out some provolone, guacamole, and spinach and made myself a tri tip California grilled cheese Sammy a la Erin :). It was actually pretty good. A definite do over. It made dinner a lot more interesting.

See you back here tomorrow!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Carpe Diem 1 - In Honor of Chris Rudolph

Chris Rudolph, a friend from high school, and two others, died tragically last Sunday in an avalanche at Stevens Pass, Washington.  I'm still in shock and trying to process the reality of him being gone.

Chris Rudolph was such an incredible person and leaves a legacy of exuberance, laughter, and friendship.  Over the past week I've been reading Facebook memories from around the world and thinking about my own friendship with Chris in high school.  I can honestly say that I am a better person for having known him.  He was one of those rare individuals who was passionate about life, learning, and people.  He made everyone who interacted with him feel special and important, you just gravitated toward him and wanted to be around him.

His home town memorial was yesterday and I really got to learn more about the man Chris had become since high school and the legacy he leaves behind.  One of the things that stood out to me from the memorial was just how he really seized each day and made the most of it.

It got me to start thinking about my own life and how I treat each day.   In honor of Chris and his amazing 30 years on this earth I will spend the next 30 days doing something to seize each day.  I'll then share here what I've done and learned.

I encourage each of you who reads this post to join me in honoring the life of Chris Rudolph by choosing to do at least one thing to sieze the day, and pass it along.  Please fell free to post your comments and experiences, whether you knew Chris or not.

This is my Day 1 and what I seized today was a bike ride with the HubLub.  Normally I would have complained that it was "winter" and too cold for a ride.  But, I remembered this post by Chris and instead of thinking of the cold, I looked out the window and saw the blue skies and decided to head out and enjoy being outside and the thrill of the ride.

To my dear friend Chris, may you rest in peace and may you see us here and know how blessed we all are because of your life.  Thank you.