This post is going up in the evening because today was a pretty busy day.
I got up, did my plank and ran an uphill mile, walked another two miles to the good grocery store, filled my backpack with canned goods and cat food and anything heavy and trecked on back home. I had intended to run further but I found that my breakfast was sitting in my stomach like a rock, and on top of that rock was worry.
I got the kitchen cleaned and organized my cabinets; I even mopped. Then I vacuumed the living room and gathered clothing donations. Today I kept busy because I had trouble on my mind. They were the sort of nagging thoughts that tequila would send away if I were still enjoying tequila.
Dealing with unhelpful, unhealthy thought patterns can be hard. The best way to overcome anxiety over things in the future is usually to make a plan, but when what has got you worried is genuinely out of your hands it’s a little more complicated than that. Today I repeated the mantras ‘don’t borrow trouble’ and ‘the only person you can control is yourself’ while I cleaned my house. These two mantras are very dear to me.
Then I went out and ran another two miles on the sidewalks. It’s annoying to have to stop for traffic lights or turn down random blocks but once it’s dark running in the park isn’t really an option. But even with having to run on the sidewalk, my thoughts were finally quiet.
While it may not be true to say that there is nothing to worry about, it is true that whatever happens will be fine. Sometimes ‘fine’ just isn’t quite what you planned it to be.
As a reminder, I am running the Rock n’ Roll Brooklyn half-marathon for a cause! (You think I’m doing this for my health?) Each day I’ve included this information and links in my post so that I might garner a few more donations to help St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to save a few more young lives. I have to admit, while I post this every day, donations are at a standstill. So even if you only have $1 to spare, every little bit helps and I hope you will throw a few dollars this way.
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As always, here is some information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Your donations are appreciated! Please donate to this wonderful cause here!
Donations make a difference
Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.
Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.
Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average
For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.