The world is in mourning for the slaughter of scores of tiny children. We all attach our causes to it. Maybe it can make more sense that way. Of course, mine is mental health. But added to that, is the cruel society in which we live. OK, I will stop there.
Today is my 61st birthday. It is also the anniversary of my new boss sending me an e-mail to set up an interview. And thus, the roller coaster started a year ago today. This has been the most un-well year of my life. Paradoxically, my physical health is good. I think I missed one day of work due to sickness in the last year. And I have not had one single migraine since I stopped working at the hospital. But I would gladly take a migraine every day to have my mental well-being back. OK, enough of that too.
I am going out with my running group this morning. I had intended to do 6.1 miles, a mile for each decade of my life – I started that when I was thirty. I think there is something unsustainable about this, whatcha think? I could easily do 6.1 this morning, but I have other plans too. And they are butting up against each other. I think I will do 3 or 4 this morning, then get back home and get dressed to go meet my friend for a movie and lunch. Come home from that and hop on the treadmill for 2.1 or 3.1, and then get ready to go to dinner at my daughter’s house.
I do believe my whole family will be there tonight. Just writing that brings a tear to my eye. I will see all my babies, and my grown children, I am so proud of all of them. It will be the first time one of my kids has made my birthday dinner. I am really excited about this little rite of passage.
Today I will try to just appreciate it being my birthday, and I will try not to think too much about the state of the world. I can do that tomorrow. And will, I am sure.
You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father, who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and unjust. — Matthew 5:43-45