tuesday night thoughts ...

Our return from New York was safe and sound.  My initial hopes for a quiet weekend were dashed by a generous offer of great seats at the Florida State vs. Miami football game.  Tayler and I made the drive over on Saturday and were home by bedtime.  Sunday presented the opportunity to help out Running Wild with the water stops for the Pensacola Marathon and see most of my training partners finish their run.  Jessica ran the last few miles of the course and finished up with several of them and I am told that Daniel Ewert (who in addition to being a phenomenal photographer, www.ewertnaturephotography.com, is a great runner) was good enough to run (in jeans and boots) when Jessica told him to bring in the last stretch with one of the crew.  Like myself, he is a well trained man.  Aside from throwing off the early morning (and tight) schedule by dropping the first water stop a block off - all went well.  Picked a jury on Monday morning and was supposed to proceed to trial today - but the case settled in the first ever "court house steps" settlement that I have participated in.

Kids are now down for bed, and I am moved by the spirit to pick up the pen.

I've had several conversations today with good friends about the challenges of interacting with persons we'd like to see "change."  I am grateful for my own growing understanding in recent times that I have little power over others and for the knowledge that it is wise to set boundaries to protect ourselves and to liberally and intentionally care for our minds, bodies, and souls.  It is liberating to know that I alone am responsible for what I think, feel, and do.  That is more than enough to keep me occupied.  I heard it said recently that we must be careful about what we think.  It affects what we feel.  And what we feel drives what we do.  And when what we do is affected by feelings which are driven by thoughts of fear, insecurity, and selfcenteredness - the results are bound to be disastrous.  Why did it take me so long to discover that causal chain? 

I am also feeling grateful for many remarkable friends. 

Thanksgiving is rapidly closing on us and I am taking stock of the year which is coming to a close.  It has been a good year and there is so much to be thankful for. 

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