Embrace Each New Day With Enthusiasm As Yesterday Fades Into The Past And The Future Is But An Illusion

The sun coming up this morning from my hotel room on my way home from the Lake Placid Ironman, 2013.

The sun coming up this morning, taken from my hotel room on my way home from the Lake Placid Ironman, 2013. Photo by FitOldDog.

“Success is as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear.

What does it mean that success is as dangerous as failure?
Whether you go up the ladder or down it,
you position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground,
you will always keep your balance.

What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear?
Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of the self.
When we don’t see the self as self,
what do we have to fear?

See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.”

Tao te Ching, by Lao-tzu, translated by S. Mitchell

Hi folks! Welcome to another lovely day!

My remarkable support crew and I left our mark at the hotel after leaving the Lake Placid Ironman for the 7th. time. Can you see it - clue, it's rectangular.

My remarkable support crew and I left our mark at the Adirondack Inn after leaving the Lake Placid Ironman for the 7th time. Can you see it – clue, it’s rectangular. More about the race, and the great people I met there, in a few days. Research to do!

I just read a remarkable sentence in a wonderful book, recommended to me by Tara, that left me contemplating the nature of the ‘I’ in I think and I feel. The book is The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbary (beautifully translated from the French by Alison Anderson, as it still feels French). The sentence is, “For in order for consciousness to be aroused, it must have a name.” Now, doesn’t that make you think?

Returning from the 2013 Lake Placid Ironman, with another did not finish (DNF) on my record, am I discouraged? Nope! I have a plan, and I’m happy to enjoy another new day.┬áRemember that you learn from your failures, as long as you are prepared to learn – now to retune Paleo with some carefully applied carbs, which I am researching (turns out there is a lot of stuff I didn’t know – big surprise).

Leave a good mark of your brief existence upon the Earth.

-k @FitOldDog

 

Comments

  1. “Leave a good mark of your brief existence upon the Earth.” Would that be “gasoline” on the ground? No, I think it may be your cooker?

  2. It was the mark of my cooler. The gas and oil marks were there already – I have a new, non-leaky engine in my truck.

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