Friday, May 13, 2011

Running the Track



Earlier this week, I posted
some thoughts entitled,
When Do We Stop Running?
for
Word Woman Wednesday.


I woke up last week thinking
about what post I wanted to
use for WWW and this one
 seemed to rise to the surface 
of my sleepy mind.

Ironically, when I booted up my
computer that morning, I had
a lovely comment waiting 
for me, part of which said this:

You are secretly becoming
my virtual mentor, being
just a teeny bit further down
the track of life than me.

Running.

Track of life.

Love that.


View from the high school
track near my parent's home
in Washington State.  My
favorite real track to run.

At the end of this particular
post, I pledged to run more.
Not figuratively, but
spiritually....grabbing all
that life has to offer.




Did I do what I set
out to do when I earnestly
penned those words last
year and floated them out
to the universe?

Yes.

But the funny thing is,
this spiritual running has
actually caused me to
pause more often, to
really see my life
and my blessings
and the world around
me in a different light.


Because once you
realize you're in the second
half of the race, things
begin to take on a new
focus, and you hold
everything that is
dear to you a little
tighter.  And you begin
imprinting all that is
beautiful and good
and true on your
heart as you whiz
around that track.

At least, I do.


My mom....Setting the pace : )
I like the metaphor
of life as a track.  I've
always enjoyed having
friends of various ages,
both older and younger.
I know many people who
 are only comfortable
with those they consider
contemporaries.  Not me.  
really enjoy my younger 
friends, realizing that although 
they are a few laps behind me,
their experiences have a
texture all their own,
because the view has
changed since I was there.


The world has changed.

{Who is cheering you on
as you run your life's track?}
The same goes for those
ahead of me on the track.
The things that they have
seen and experienced are
unique and not necessarily
what's lying ahead for me.
I can learn a lot from what
they have already observed
as they've run their laps.

Are there days when
I don't notice the view?
Of course.  Life
is busy and messy and
complicated and some
days it's all about getting
through it, not soaking in 
the panorama.

But I regret those days.



Until my laps around this
track are complete, I
will fight hard to keep
my eye on the

ever-changing
ever-beautiful
ever-inspiring


view.

I hope you'll join me.

Let's go....

xx
Suzanne


Click here  if you'd like
to read my guest post at
The House of Belonging : )








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42 comments:

Amy Arnaz said...

Dear Suzanne~
I read your lovely guest post at The House of Belonging and, as always, it stirred feelings in me. The photo on your post (on your blog) today of your mom walking under the umbrella fit perfectly with what you wanted to express. She's farther along the track than you. You'll never catch up with her but can be awash in the steps she is leaving behind for you. You have a way with words, Suzanne. I always admire your skill. xoxo Amy

Joanna said...

Beautifully put. Lovely song too.

Sometimes that track of life goes a little uphill, sometimes down (and my legs go ever so slightly too fast so have to slow myself down). It's the jogging straights I love best, when I can look around and wave to others.

x

Susan T said...

One of my favourite ladies wrote the last comment. I agree with all she says. Lets hope we all get to run in the sunshine for as long as we can.

Perfectly expressed as ever - poetry in motion! - such inspiring words, Suzanne.

Sue xxx

Morning T said...

Another slam dunk Suzanne. With each passing year I too feel more urgency in savoring time spent with my loved ones and slowing down to soak it all up.

Happy Friday to you, my deep, thought provoking friend!
xo~
T

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, what a beautiful post, Suzanne...loved every single word...

I'm with you--I love friends of all ages. In fact, I really don't have many friends around me right now that are MY age...most are younger and older, and I treasure them all...so much to learn from people at every age, isn't there?

I really love the idea of spiritual running...I'll be keeping that in mind as I sit at my daughter's track meet, watching her fly around the track...such a beautiful metaphor...

Thank-you for all the thoughtful beauty you share, dear friend...

Julie

Indie.Tea said...

How beautiful. Yes, you are inspirational...I do enjoy your perspective on things.

Lisa said...

I'm with you sister!!!!
Let's go!
Happy weekend my dear!

Ironstone and Pine said...

Great post Suzanne, so true......and that is the most beautiful view of the track in Washington, wow.....could make a runner ot of me :)~devon

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Suzanne dear,

We're definitely on the same page. Your words will be mulled tonight.

All joys,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

LuLu said...

Suzanne, this post completely resonated with me... Wonderful metaphor and like you I love surrounding myself with all aged women...I think we all have something to offer, learning to be had by listening, sharing l our unique and similar experiences. I'm learning to pass myself....sprint only when I have too.!
Wishing you a weekend that fits the perfect pass you need,
xo,
LuLu

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I love friends of all ages, but especially like having several friends 10 years older then me, several my age and several 10 years younger.

Wow, now I really need to meet some people. Thank goodness,my bloggy friend Shelly lives here. I have had a harder time than usual meeting people in Chicago. Thank goodness the weather has changed and people are coming out of there houses.

Off to meet anyone that is outside :)

fondly,
Glenda

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Suzanne,

I run all the time, sometimes too fast and the result is that I miss my OWN abilities and marks that I leave ON THE TRACK. I am trying to slow down to reflect more. The track of life is like that, where different speeds are required for different lessons. For me know, I am walking and enjoying every MOMENT.

Have a wonderful weekend, Anita

Jill said...

Good evening from the west coast friend! I LOVE this post - you wrote so accurately the way I feel - no wonder we are friends. Thank you for this reminder on my moving day.
xo~Jill

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Heading over to read your guest post right now.
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Style Attic said...

Dear Suzanne,

I think I have learned that people can tell us stuff, but unless we run through it ourselves, it doesn't register. Once we've run that track, us turning around and telling someone about it, won't compare to them coming behind you and running their own race at their own pace as well.

I personally love a treadmill run. Most people are the opposite and prefer the scenery to change. I have always wondered what that says about me?! Once I get off, I do go out and enjoy the view...walking, stopping, shopping, eating, talking and of course blogging!

XO,

Kelly

Low Tide High Style said...

What a wonderful and inspiring post! I know I say this every time I comment on one of your posts, but that's because it's true!

I understand exactly what you mean about holding tighter to the things and people we love as we age. And like you I love surrounding myself with people of all ages, it's what makes life interesting!

Kat :)

Whosyergurl said...

Suzanne,
Love this post. And LOVE the pic of your mother. I ran, literally, all through my twenties. Now, a bit into my fifties, it is a little more difficult to do. But I am still running the race of life. Like you, I enjoy friends of all ages. I moved to where I live three years ago and one of my best friends is my daughter's age. (Look her up- Bess Wes.) Another woman I've been friends with for years is ten years older. Another, a professor, mentor, friend is ten years younger. We all have something to teach and to learn. xo, Cheryl

hometown girl said...

this is so true, i find the older i get the more i appreciate what i have. and yes some days it's crazy and you forget to be in the moment but i try. i have many older friends whom i'm very close to and i love their company! have a beautiful weekend!! xo susan

Jeanie said...

Suzanne, this is one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking posts I've ever read. There is such richness here. I especially resonated with what you said about friends of all ages. I'm lucky in that working at a university there is always plenty of young blood and it keeps you on your toes, helps you move forward when sometimes you wouldn't mind being stuck for awhile.

I can think of no better compliment than being a "virtual mentor." I'd be pasting that one up right above my computer!

cityfarmer said...

reminds me I haven't taken a walk in ages ...
BUT I do have new shoes!!!

I'll get on it right away.

thanks dear for the kick in the pants

vignette design said...

Your metaphor the "track of life" is especially meaningful to me. My cousin was the famous long distance runner Steve Prefontaine and we are coming up on the anniversary of his death 36 years ago. I am forever reminded of how I am 36 years ahead of him on the track of life, that I could have been stopped on the track at only 24. I am grateful for my time, now in the last half. It sure is sweeter too as we get older, stopping to reflect and smell the roses. Thank you for
this wonderful post. Your words are as always so right on. ~Delores

Tiffini said...

beautifully spoken..and yes in the second half things change...they did for me at least:) I too - enjoy those behind me and those ahead. Something about growing older and being more open to life makes one age sweetly beautiful...I've seen others who age and refuse to change and it is like they close up. Truly - my days seem brighter with you in them now. Thank you for being a balcony person...xo

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Suzanne,
I picked up my son last week after completeing his first year of college. We had a wonderful conversation on the ride home. And, the following day, even though the house is in complete disarray, we continued catching up while I laid across his bed as he unpacked. It was the perfect afternoon and it nourished me more than any beautiful room ever could.
xo,
~R

Lili said...

Listening to your music and reading your words on this post were so uplifting. Love the image of your Mom ahead of you on this track of life. You always express yourself so beautifully and I agree about surrounding yourself with friends of all ages, each and every one adds so much richness to our lives. xo ~Lili

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Wonderful thought provoking words, Suzanne. I agree, I love people of all ages. It makes life interesting
and broadens our scope and nourishes our soul. As I have reached the second half of life I now understand that wonderful quote by Oscar Wilde, "I'm not young enough to think I know everything". I truly believe we learn more in our second half because we are more open to the world and open to learning more about ourselves and others. I love your post and also agree about holding love ones(family and friends)near. There is nothing as important as keeping a loving heart and appreciating the view as we run the track of life. Spectacular post, Suzanne. XO

Julie said...

Enjoying reading all your posts...so thought provoking Suzanne. Yes, I want to complete that race. I ran track in high school, and I understand the principle of #1...pacing yourself, and #2...focusing, not being distracted at what was run already or what is yet to be run, but just continuing doing the lap you are on, and doing it well, putting into practice all that you have been taught. And yes that second half always opens the mindset of here is where all you have in you both in reserve and determination is to be used to the utmost. Love your word pictures...Hugs to you dear bloggy sister. xoxo

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

All your posts are poignant, but this post, especially, resonated with me for a few reasons. Way back when, I was actually what they call a high school"track star." A sprinter and relay runner to be exact. My feet must have hit the pavement a million times if it hit a one. I was always striving to be faster. Now that I'm almost in my second act I have to remind myself daily to slow down and smell the coffee (or tea as the case may be). You're so good at reminding us to savor the moment. Another reason I love this post is that I've always found my friends to be a disparate group of people. Not just in age, but in everything! I always say that if you put all my friends in a room at the same time ~ look out! They're just so different. Yet the same in that they're all are my dearest friends. Hope I can include you in that group, oh wise one! Thanks for making me take the time to stop and think and appreciate.

xoxo
Kathleen

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

You know what I love about you?
You challenge me.
Sometimes I leave here frustrated, thinking "why didn't I think of that?"

But it's a GOOD frustration...you spur me on towards becoming a better writer, and more importantly, a better person.

Lovely post, friend!

XO,
Anne

koralee said...

What a great post sweet friend...thank you...just what I needed today. xooxo hugs.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Lovely, beautiful, thought-provoking post like ALWAYS. Thank you :) XOL

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TRĂˆS BIEN MON AMIE! You are going to be a hit with your creative mind on May 28th!!!! THANK YOU, MERCI BIEN ET BRAVO for your participation. I will put you on my list NOW and we shall have a good time on that day, perusing the blog streets of Paris.

Have a magnificent Sunday, Anita

Mona Thompson said...

Suzanne, Your words inspire us all. I always feel fed and mentored to as well when I visit here and I'm probably older than you. May I keep my eye on that beautiful view as well and keep moving forward toward the ultimate prize. Thank you for your encouragement, dear friend. Mona

Dovecote Decor said...

Hi Suzanne: I've spent the last three days taking a break and doing exactly what I wanted to do despite a horribly messy office, mail, filing, etc... Sometimes you need a mini break. I hope I behave myself tomorrow.
Best,
liz

simpledaisy said...

Lovely and beautiful post!! You always give me so much to think about:)

pretty pink tulips said...

I think you have settled into a role in our virtual world here. For I continually see you as a guide, a cheerleader, a source of positive inspiration.

So, on this day, that didn't go exactly as planned or hoped...I feel forturnate to have stopped by at the exact time I needed to read what you have written.

Thank you.....for taking the laps with us and for reminding us to pause and enjoy the view.

xo Elizabeth

Seizing My Day said...

I love the way you express yourself!! :) it is right up my alley... er um... my track! =) I fell off the bloggy track for a while... I am gaining speed again... he he... only trying to keep it at a steady pace.. b/c I really want to experience my view more and enjoy it more... rather than spending too much time here... but there are some beautiful peeps here... on this bloggy track too!! =) Blessings~!

Stitchfork said...

Beautiful post Suzanne! And that's why I think we have track teams - we work/run together.
xo Cathy

paperbird said...

this is such a beautiful post suzanne. truly your words were an inspiration to me. i have been off-line for awhile but it is good to come here and visit and i owe you an email :-)

have a beautiful day~

lisaroyhandbags said...

Most of my friends are either younger or older too and I love that - it brings so many interesting perspectives to your life. I love the idea of life as a track and we should all remember that it's not a race and we should pace ourselves so we can enjoy the view :) xo

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I am popping over from Gg - Notes on the Journey to say thanks from the bottom of my heart for your recent support during my dad's open heart surgery. He is doing so well.

Over 60 comments with prayers and well wishes, including yours. Such sweetness. It helped me not feel quite so alone, having recently moved to Chicago.

Fondly,
Glenda

Michelle said...

Loved this post as well. You wrote "who is cheering you on as you run life's track?" and the picture of the empty grandstand brought tears to my eyes, as it represented the void of good mentors in my life. But then something beautiful happened, and the Lord showed me that he was there cheering me on. He showed me a picture of myself running on this track (it was a field track) no one else was around, and he was on the sideline, wearing the same tracksuit as me. On our backs were the words "team CURRIE" (which is my surname) he was my coach, right there by my side, supporting me, wearing the same tracksuit as me, cheering me on. Just Beautiful. Thank you for sharing my words also... I was the one who wrote you about being my secret virtual mentor. xo

Linda said...

This is a beautiful, thought-provoking post, Suzanne...I try to keep my eyes on what is good and important in life...