Saturday, November 05, 2011

Exhale, inhale

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Exhale all the worry, the doubt and fear,
Inhale peace, being present and things that help us draw near.

Exhale frustrations over triangulated tones,
Inhale respect for who we are to become known.

Exhale to let go of all that burdens your life,
Inhale what lifts up and makes you feel light.

Exhale expectations that no one expects,
Inhale inspiration that make better best.

Exhale whatever seems to block the way to
inhaling the goodness at the break of each day.

T.L. Eastman November 2011

Friday, November 04, 2011

Little toes make a big difference

Image from Sunday morning blog.

Two weeks ago now I injured my right little toe. In a morning rush, I ran up my stairs and spot on kicked the base of the exercise bike with my right foot.

It was quickly clear by my tears and yelp that I had done some damage to my toes, but not wanting to make a big fuss over "little toes", they were buddy taped and I was on my way.

Over a few day there was growing annoyance with the whole development. I could not run each morning, as is my routine, due to the throbbing in my foot. Each morning I'd put my foot on the floor and hobble about clumsily as my canine jogging buddy looked at me in confusion. She was not happy with the development either! A week and a half in - it was not feeling better so I decided to give my chiropractor a call.

Chiropractor? You see, in the past my chiropractor has been able to work on other joint issues I'd had. I had confidence that he could fill me in on at least how long this healing process was going to take.

On Monday he took one look at my still bruised and swollen foot and ordered an xray. Tuesday the xray came back clear and I was scheduled to come back later in the week for a follow up. I was back to walking by the end of the week and doing the stretches that he's taught me before when I had a running injury. Today was the day for an adjustment.

He worked on the ankle and foot for a little while, tried to adjust the still angry toe a little and sent me on my way - I will return again on Monday.

Amazingly, the ache is subsiding. The swelling is going down and the bruising has faded dramatically since Monday. I'm not quite up to 5k condition again, but I'm thankful for being somewhat free of pain with every other step I take.

Healing is on the way. For that I'm grateful - and for humble little toes that make a big difference indeed!

All this experience with cotton balls, moleskin, and flexible medical tape has me thinking more about the small but important things in life. Little things are the building blocks of our lives. I too often overlook the small things - because I'm so used to them working as they should. I should not take the little things for granted.

As long as I'm still hobbling around a bit, taking notice of the small supportive things in life won't be as hard - but what about after I'm back to running condition again?

1 Corintians 12:15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

I need my baby toe and my baby toe needs the rest of me. Thank you God for the little, humble, un-thought of things in life - we can't keep upright without them.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Eyes to see

Image from Rivercity Church page.
Mark 8:18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember?

On Thursday, I had the unique opportunity of being able to visit with a large number of high school students. Over the last ten years, I've been a part of an ecumenical team that helps to organize, encourage and assist a high-school level campus fellowship. Earlier this week, I had been invited to come back for a "Club Day" and promote the Campus Fellowship Club.

From 10:30 to 3:00, I witnessed a visual and auditory feast of diversity and variety. The appearance of all the students was as varied as the rainbow of colors on a painters palette. As you might expect, specific social groups became obvious throughout the day - but what I think I was most impressed with was how different each person was from the other but how they all wanted to make a connection with someone else.

Each one of us is unique, but we as humans like to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We love to belong. We love to be appreciated for who we are. We love to be loved.

I was overwhelmed by those ideas as I looked at the living mural of high-school culture before me yesterday. For a moment, I was able to see and hear beyond what the kids were trying to portray and catch a glimpse of each persons intrinsic value and beauty - no matter what they looked or sounded like. In that moment, I understood in a small way how much God loves each one of us and even was reminded of God's love for me.

I'm thankful for that moment of being given a "God's eye view" of the teachers, administrators and students in that high school. God help me not to forget how precious each person is.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011


Image from Nontoxic reviews.

Just when you thought all the energy was sapped.
Just when you think it's all in the past.
Just when you want what you had back then...
a spark is charged and a new fire begins.

Wondering how it changes will only cause you to scratch your head.
Be thankful for the spark that helped you and me start again.

T.L. Eastman Nov. 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Yesvember to remember with gratefulness

Image November by Giovanni Pascoli found at blog Able Muse.

Some folk don't shave for the month of November.
Some try to focus on saying "Yes!" to life instead of "No!" for the whole month.
Others, being that Thanksgiving is a part of the month, focus on gratefulness for the month.

I've been in need of a November blogging muse, so I've decided to work in the vein of thankfulness and gratefulness. I need to do some upward, thankful, joyful musing. Would you like to join me?

So, thinking in this frame of mind, I'm thankful to have the space and time here at this blog, as well as those who pop by for a visit, and comment too!

Thanks to those who read, write, comment and take part in this month of gratitude.

PS. By the way, I won't be giving up shaving.
Gentlemen, have fun with that one!