Wednesday, March 16

Quote of the Day:  “Believe that you can and you’re halfway there”.    Theodore Ro0sevelt

From Waking the Warrior Goddess:  Eat 2-3 tablespoons of flaxseed every day

We are on our way to Palm Springs to get some apparently very warm sun (90 degrees today), rest, relaxation and a lot of tennis.  It’s an interesting place to people watch because most people who can afford to go to this tennis venue are pretty well off and a lot of them are really well off.  I think it’s hard to keep a perspective of what’s important in the world and in your own life when you have a lot of money.  You start to act as if there was something that you did aside from good education and making positive choices that would reward you w/ this privilege-  I’m talking more about feeling superior over others or that  God prefers you over the people who are struggling to make a living or dealing w/ mental illness or physical disabilities.  Perhaps we tell ourselves that so we don’t have to feel guilty not sharing more of our money, time or possessions w/ others.  I’m guilty as charged because I know that I could be doing so much more for others.  I think that when we get to the other side, we’ll be sad that we didn’t do more.

But I’m not sure having all, well or most, of the money in the world is a good thing.  Yesterday, I noticed about 8 security guards at the tournament standing during the match change overs.  They were “protecting” the owner of Oracle who was sitting on front row.  Word is that he is the 5th richest person in the world.  I’m not sure that’s living if you have to be surrounded by 8 security guards at all times.

I know this idea that we could do more is a hard one because we got so involved w/ our own families and all the dreams, hopes and aspirations we have for them and really don’t have much time to do much else.  It’s a great aspect of living at this time, that we have all these opportunities but they can easily overwhelm us.  Our stress levels go up, we put way too much pressure on our children to be productive and successful in as many areas as they can.  We can always look around and find others who seem to be accomplishing more.

We have been going to Palm Springs since ’95, skipped one year, so that makes this our 15th year.  We love to meet our good friends, Kelly and Laurie Burt who come from San Diego.  We stay at the Esmeralda and really it’s as lovely as it sounds.  One of my favorite things about coming this time of year is the beautiful palm trees that line the road as you drive to the hotel entrance.  Then there are these deep red geraniums planted thickly in a big bed.  But, best of all, are the blooming grapefruit trees whose fragrance is my favorite.  As you run and exercise, the fragrance fills your lungs and brightens your soul!  Joe will grab a grapefruit off the tree and we have this delicious tangy treat to enjoy.

I’m going to try to live in the moment these next 5 days!


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