Food, running, Japanese poetry, and speaking too much, some of my strengths and also at the same time weaknesses.
Went out for the most amazing Indian meal last night, this is perhaps a once a year experience as i don’t usually like Indian food, far too greasy, but go to a decent one and pick wisely (i usually chose from the tandoori section, no sauce, clay baked oven) from the menu and it can be fantastic. The fact i only have these once or twice a year means i look forward to the experience and really enjoy it, for some people who have these on a far more regular basis i doubt they enjoy it as much, do they taste the food, do they stick to the same options, if i asked them the next week how was it i imagine they’d struggle to describe it as it’s not an event, it’s just a routine – you do it without thinking.
This morning i did a new challenge, 10 mile run along a nearby hill but whenever there was a road off this hill i ran down and then back up it. In total there were 6 of these hills, by the 4th i was beginning to wonder why i’d even started this challenge, but i remembered in the back of my mind that previous races i’d walked such hills and was starting to doubt if this was because i couldn’t run them or wouldn’t. The IOW half marathon proved i could run them if i put my mind to it so i’m now trying to run as many hills as possible so they become routine, today’s run whilst being 3 miles shorter than a half marathon, had more elevation than all but one of my half marathons so far, no wonder it hurt, no wonder i’m getting better. To reward myself i’m going out on my new bike in a bit for a quick test ride, then i have until the end of August to cycle 130 km to complete one of the latest Strava challenges – saddle sore may be the title of my blog after completing that one !
Have you ever read Japanese poetry, i sometime pick up a book and read Japanese fairy stories when i want to clear my head, not sure why they work for me but they are simple, short, and usually have good morals to the stories.
Another form of Japanese poetry which i like are something called Haiku, these are very short poems usually consisting of just 17 words, 3 sentences of 5, 7 and 5 words. I’m definitely no expert on these, i don’t study them, i couldn’t quote a favourite one, i don’t even read them that often, i just like the concept. Less words make you think a little deeper about what you are saying and to use words sparingly, i guess a modern day version could be Twitter with 140 characters, this helps me a little as i do tend to speak and write way too much. Wouldn’t work be a far more productive place if we limited emails to just 140 characters ? When I try to limit words I often get told I’m coming across as abrupt or lacking detail, maybe I am but maybe I’m not, perhaps it’s a culture thing but when I hear people say they’re so busy perhaps they should try this rather than criticize it ?
Here’s my attempt at a Haiku for today
“No, too hard, body said
Why no, you’ve not tried, mind answered
So body tried, and succeeded”
What do you read to help you self improve ?
Going to practice what i’ve just written about and sign off short today, have a great day !