If I Could Show You One Video…

I believe everyone should watch this video.

I hold a great fondness for the, now deceased, writer David Foster Wallace.

In 2005, at Kenyon College, he gave a commencement speech. I was lucky enough to have stumbled upon it not long after. Recently, someone made a short video using part of the speech.

I watch it often. I need to remind myself that this is water.


This is Water from Patrick Buckley on Vimeo.

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Thích Nhất Hạnh

neobuddh1601“Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”

-Thích Nhất Hạnh

Years ago I worked at a coffee shop while finishing up my teaching degree. It was a busy time. I was working 30 hours serving coffee, and close to 40 hours a week as a student teacher. It was also the most peaceful time I remember. It was an extremely spiritual time. So much was growing and changing within me. I was searching, exploring, learning and growing in so many ways.

I ate no meat, no dairy, biked everywhere, had no television in my house, very little furniture, read and wrote daily, took long walks in the evening with my dogs, and, overall, was living as purposefully as possible. I was extremely content and open to the world around me. I am trying to find my way back to that place.

At work, I met a Russian Orthodox priest who would come in for tea. We chatted often when he visited. Eventually I visited he and his family for longer talks. I even went to church a few times. He made a huge impact on my life at the time. We had some amazing enlightening talks.

The coffee shop also had a “library”, of sorts, that people could give and take whatever they wanted. One day, during a break, I found a book from Thích Nhất Hạnh. I remember reading it and feeling extremely moved by the things he had to say.

I have revisited him lately. His books are part of my nightly reading. His quotes alone are inspiring and keep me focused on my goals. Thích Nhất Hạnh deserves a place in the 100 Days of Awesome.


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Day 6 and 7


“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.” 

Thích Nhất Hạnh, Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living


Day 6 was active enough that I didn’t get to post. I did some private journaling but didn’t get to the blog. I did have a great morning walk with my girls and a nice visit with a friend in the evening. I also bought a used bike. Bike to work now that the weather is nicer? You know it baby!

I am finding being more active has raised my mood and overall sense of well-being. Shocker right?!

I love my Nike Fuelband. (Bought in the US for $100, sells in Norway for $182.) I bought it last summer while I was in the States and it has been a wonderful addition to my life. It’s a simple tracker, there are no pulse readings or phone call apps on it. What it does do is track my movement throughout the day and estimates calories burned. There is also an app on my phone that I connect to see averages, and current averages for others my age. Nike uses a point system called Nike Fuel.  You can connect with friends and compete or just use it to set goals for yourself. I set my point system to 2500 per day.

Here is a visual of last week (not awesome) and this week (awesome). It is so nice to have a visual log of my movement and activity. It really motivates me.

Here’s last week. As you can see, it was not a week of awesome.

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And… Week #1 of 100 Days of Awesome:

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Big difference huh? Sunday, of course, has just started, so it is still red.

I am setting my goal points to 3000 for week 2.

This day, this Sunday, will be less active. That I know.  We all need a day to rest. What I will do today is focus on my goals for week #2, while staying consistent with the things I have done in week 1. Mindfulness and Meditation are playing a huge role, but are a more personal journey. I continue with it.

So far so good. I am here, I am alive, and I am getting better and better every day. Sucking the marrow is proving extremely rewarding. 

Loving these songs while I write.

Ben Howard- Promise     Spotify link     iTunes link

Jude in the Mountains     Spotify link    iTunes link




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