“Gumping” Through 2011

Forrest: “That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama.

For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going”.

At the end of every year I find myself at another ocean, re-viewing my own “run” . . .

2011 has been an eventful year — Tallulah was falsely blamed for my light-headedness, chest pain.  That went on for about 3 months.  I was visited by “mysterious visitors” that kept me up all night coughing.  That went on for about 6 months. (recurs periodically but still don’t know why).  Couldn’t run without pain for about 6 months. (Finally gave in and had a cortisone shot).

I worked 7 days a week.  Every week I figured since I already had worked 5 I might as well work two more.

Consequently I got fibro fogged and messed up my appointments – double booking or forgetting to write down the right time or writing the right time on the wrong day …

Those are the things that went wrong.  What went right?  I’m sure there was a lot – I just don’t remember where I wrote them down.

Not quite sure what I’m suppose to learn from 2011 . . . yet.  With years of hindsight I figured out that having fibromyalgia gives me greater compassion; Having  heart problems reminds me to wake up everyday with a  loving heart;  My study of Baha’i removed my fears and gave me faith and  a bit of wisdom.

I can hear my friends saying it was time to apply the compassion, love and wisdom to myself and stop running.

Hey, Forrest, pass me the box of chocolates . . .

P.S.  In case you didn’t notice, I have been lying on the beach without a computer for the last several days!

14 comments on ““Gumping” Through 2011

  1. Yay! Take better care of yourself!

    One thing to learn from 2011 ….Working 7 days a week…Don’t do that!
    Slow down and take care of you.

    Hope you find a healthier, joyful, and loving new year!

    thanks for being you.


    • Wendy,
      I love your “thanks for being you”! Made me remember when I first started out as a “shrinkling”

      During sessions I could hear the admonishment from previous supervisors to LISTEN, REFLECT but do NOT give opinions or judgements. I couldn’t do it! I talked too much, judged right from wrong and figured out that people came to me because they didn’t have good judgement to begin with for whatever the reason.
      I finally figured out I could only bring me to the sessions and some would find value and others would fire me cuz I wasn’t right for them. Still true to this day!
      thanks for the memories!


  2. Judy, what do I say to this.. amazing insight and wisdom… how good to be with your ownself.. that too listening to the sound of waves… with Sun shining happiness and joy.. what else can one ask for than to have such a beautiful reflection on life.. Thank You, for being what you are…. RS:)


  3. Besides everything else, you and Max have been an inspiration to me in 2011. “Long may you run.” And, from my new magnet: “Don’t Quit. There is no telling how FAR ou will have to run to while CHASING your DREAMS.”
    My 2012 be a year of dreams come true, wishes fulfilled, more sunlight than shadow.
    And ps.: there will soon be a vial of pixie dust on it’s way to you. Magical, whimsical, serendipitious things happen with pixie dust.


    • Lorraine,
      PIXIE DUST!!! Can’t wait. It will be much better than the dust on the furniture!
      Thank you for the Inspiring words. I like the idea of “more sunlight than shadow” — sounds like a poem coming on!


    • Lisa,
      Thank you for such encouraging words! So far the only “beach” I’ve actually seen is dust on the furniture, dirt on the floor and water in the sink! I’m thinking about putting up an umbrella in the living room.


  4. Gosh, you’ve a lot on your plate, Judith! Your time on the beach should bring forth lots of inspiration and new things to do. Happy New Year and the best for the ensuing year!



  5. Good for you for taking a much needed break without the computer … well deserved!!
    Here’s to the end of reflection of 2011, and the hope of a brighter future filled with bountiful blessings of wellness, gratitude, love, light, peace and joy! Hugs to you and treats for Max!!! Happy New Year!!!


  6. Maybe the lesson is to take care of yourself. =) It sounds like you’re trying to run ultramarathons… Perhaps you’d benefit from running 10k instead. You’re still working but giving body, mind, and soul rest and recovery time. Hey! You gonna eat them chocolates??


    • Lydia,
      A 10k may be too much right now but I’ve THOUGHT about a 5K. I know how much running has benefited you by reading your blog. I used to jog – before jogging was “in”. I was absolutely addicted until I sprained my ankle playing tennis. Then I turned to swimming laps. Now I brisk walk.
      Not sure my hips and joints could withstand jogging again BUT it’s a thought. Thanks!
      P.S. I know I can brisk walk and eat chocolates but running might necessitate drinking chocolate!


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