I got an email from a friend today. Just a simple question - How do you feel on the second anniversary of your Boston Marathon?
And that was enough to start me on the slide down to depressed, seeing as how my main running goal this spring is to make it through a half marathon without having to walk, and just two short years ago I was good enough for Boston.
But just as I was going to start typing out my reply, I happened to glance up at the board next to my computer. My eyes focused on a paper that's been hanging there all year - The Noble Eightfold Path. I put it there as a "daily reminder" for myself, but I'm usually too caught up in the "daily madness" to notice it.
But today. Eyes right to Number Four. Right Thought - avoid dwelling on the past or the future.
You mean like I was just doing? Dwelling on both the past and the future at the same time, and not in a fond, happy way?
That leaves the present. Right here. Right now.
That makes sense.
Why be sad about a really good thing that already happened? Why be upset about something that hasn't even happened yet?
That's stupid, right?
This is life. Nothing can be like it was. Life moves. It grows. It changes.
What's real is now.
And right now, I can go for a run.
Maybe I should look at that board more often.