My Traveling Shoes

Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality.
I've traveled so many miles in shoes that someone else bought for me, plain, poorly fitted, worn, second hand, hand me downs. Ohh, they hurt my feet and took me places that I didn't need to go, places that I didn't want to go. For many years I put them on. I was told it was my duty, but my heart was heavy and my cares so many.
Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality. I bought these shoes. I own these shoes. They are mine.
by Jeanne leigh...copyrighted...2007


Friday, November 23, 2012

A Guest House

I have a wonderful book called, A YEAR WITH RUMI Daily Readings by Coleman Barks. I love his introduction as much as the poems he has compiled for us readers. As I read yesterday’s poem, November 22nd I connected deeply with Rumi’s words once again. It was a perfect message for Thanksgiving Day.

We cannot get away from ourselves. We must befriend all that is within us. It is love that heals us, that will lessen the negative and wounded parts of ourselves. WE must look to God and our own love to save us. WE must choose to let that love move through us in our reality where we live every minute of every day. Think on these words:


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival. 

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness come
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all.
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture,
Still, treat each guest honorably. 

He may be clearing you out
For some new delight. 

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
Meet them at the door laughing,
And invite them in. 

Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond. 

~ Rumi

I am becoming more thankful for all of myself. I am learning to love and forgive my own weaknesses and to own and make useful with gratitude and humility, my strengths. Isn’t it interesting that we always refer to these as gifts? This is my prayer for my own life and for you as well! 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! With much love…until next time..Thanks for stopping by! PEACE, Jeanne

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Let's Keep moving

What is it that we enjoy that can help get us physically moving? Whatever our age physical activity is important. We need balance in our lives to be healthy. If we are thoughtful and moderate we can make time for all the things that keep us balanced. Work, play, intellectual stimulation, aesthetic experience, emotional fulfillment are all important. We are being pulled in so many directions. Balance and time management can make it possible for us to care for ourselves.

 I’ve never been very athletic, but when I look back at my youth if I had it to do again, track would be the one sport that I would have loved. I was always thin and fast when it came to running. I did start jogging for a while in my 30’s until I tripped on a bad sidewalk in Chicago injuring my Achilles’ tendon which was a problem for several years. Once that was healed I did at times become an avid walker. Loved that, but would be consistent for years and then have lapses of lethargy for various reasons.

 For four years before we moved to Damascus, I sat behind a desk in a library 40 hours a week and played music on the weekend, so I never made time to walk. When we moved to Damascus, VA about a year and a half ago, the trails were calling so I began walking pretty much every day. Then last November I adopted a herding dog, Scout who is a Catahoula/Lab mix and she needs exercise to be happy, so I was even further motivated to get on the trail since I do not have a fenced in area for her to run in. It has been wonderful to get moving and to strengthen my body. I feel so much more energy now.
 A friend of mine Chris Dula wears the finger shoes for walking/running. I was intrigued with these because I have bunions and the beginning of other foot difficulties inherited from my mother. I wondered if they would be helpful to me, so I bought some this summer. I was amazed how it lessened the pain of walking. Walking shoes always hurt my bunions. These did not.

 One day, I was feeling a lot of energy and thought I might try and run a little bit. You should have seen the look on Scout’s face when I began to run/jog. She actually smiled….OH, SHE LOVED IT! Would you believe, I could only run 3 minutes. My breathing was awful and I was weak. This is after walking for a year on these trails. Well, I ran daily for 3 minutes until it became comfortable, then I went to 5 minutes. Soon it was 10 then 15, 20 and 50 minutes. It was wonderful. My feet hurt at 50 so, I went back to less. I don’t run every day…I am carefully monitoring my feet and how I feel. Scout really enjoys it and is a very happy dog when she can run.

 Who would have ever thought I’d be able to run again? Not me. I may not be able to do it for long, but I love it and when I am not able to run you will definitely find me walking. Just want to keep moving while I am able! So, what might be fun for you? What physical sport/activity would get you moving and energized? I encourage you to give it a try and keep trying! Thanks for stopping by…Keep on keeping on!!! Until next time…Peace, Jeanne