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Jul252015

Lucky to be Sweating on the Hilltop

On good days, days when I don’t have to be at an early morning meeting, I start my day by working out. First I do all the exercises that decades worth of physical therapists have taught me. I have quite a repertoire because not too much time goes by before I injure myself yet once again. Now many of you know that I really value laughing at myself. I also value cheering myself on. Here’s my cheer:       

                  Give me a K! Give me an L! Give me a U!

Now you know how this is going. Yes, I am quite the klutz.

I am currently doing physical therapy exercises for a sprained ankle and for an old neck injury. I have many stories about how I end up face down on concrete on a regular basis, but this being a G-rated blog, I will not relay the story of The Purple Boob.

Anyway, after I go through all those exercises, I set out for my morning power walk. One of my routines is to march uphill for a half hour, and when I summit the mountain (ok, the top of the hill on Connecticut Avenue isn’t really Everest, but still), I am quite proud of myself. I am also sweating bullets.

But I am also feeling so very lucky. By the time I reach the summit, I have walked through lovely neighborhoods of huge trees, townhouses of character, and old mansions. I have passed people running and people walking their dogs. Early commuters are weaving their way through the streets. Café keepers are sweeping and hosing off their sidewalks. I cannot think of a more lovely way to start my day.

I simply am in awe of my luck.

Last week I heard Immaculee Ilibagiza give a talk about how she survived the Rwanda Genocide. I have been thinking about the Holocaust survivors I am acquainted with. I also know that right this minute, there are about 20 million war refugees in the world. Yet I live where I don’t have to worry about bullets being shot outside my window each night. I know where my next meal will come from. I have a terrific bed to sleep in each night. Yes, I am in total awe of my luck.

And that is why, as I stand in my sweaty teeshirt on the hilltop and look around me, I catch my breath. Not because I have trotted uphill, but because I am aware of how lucky I truly am.

©2015 Margery Leveen Sher

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Reader Comments (2)

Thank you for your wonderful blog! I look forward to reading it. Today it made me both chuckle (The Purple Boob?) and reflect on my own circumstances, which I am grateful for. In the hustle of day to day life I sometimes neglect to pause in gratitude, but you reminded me this morning. Thank you. I would love to see the Conecticut Avenue route you describe, but I have a route much closer to home that I love. I have a bike route that takes me down a boulevard of Victorian houses to the Mississippi River. I then bike along the river on one side, cross over the river and bike back up the other side, cross the river again and return to the boulevard of Victorian houses. I live just a few blocks away from this gorgeous route full of large shady trees and wonderful flowers and impressive houses. I am lucky to be able to bike along this route as often as I would like in relative safety (always vigilant for distracted drivers). Have a wonderful day!

July 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Thank you, Lisa, for writing! Your bike ride sounds so lovely!

August 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMargery

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