Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Good Day

Yesterday was a good day. 

My day started off as usual with an early rising.  After taking my wife to work I came home and did my morning meditation.  I strive to meditate twice a day.  It is simple mindfulness meditation where I sit in silence and solitude and focus on my breath.  I have been very faithful to this in recent months and I think it has calmed me down and reduced my occasional anxiety.

Later in the morning I met some former co-workers for breakfast.  Two of them retired from Humana at the same time as me.  It was a typical guy's breakfast.  We had an enjoyable time talking about life in general and how each of us was coping and adjusting to our retirement.  I was the one who seemed to have had the most difficult time making the adjustment.  After three months of struggle I think I am finally getting used to it.  For the most part I now have a routine but it is a routine with a lot of flexibility.

The highlight of the breakfast gathering was an unexpected encounter with another former co-worker who just happened to be eating breakfast in the same restaurant.  Our friendship goes back over 30 years to literally my earliest days at Humana.  When she saw me from across the room she jumped up and gave me a long and very warm hug.  It was not something you normally see in the main dining area of your local Cracker Barrel restaurant.  Later in the day we texted one another to arrange a lunch date for the near future.

Being the introvert that I am, the two hour very lively breakfast I had took a lot out of me despite the fact that I had a very good time.  I went home and chilled out for a while before heading to the park for a walk.

It was a beautiful day in the park.  It was a warm and sunny day although still a bit cool in shaded areas.  However, it truly felt like a spring day.  There were signs of new life everywhere from the budding trees to various flowers popping up through the ground.  I have finally figured out a path through the park that equates to a two mile walk.  When I first started walking I could barely walk a mile.  Now I am up to two miles.  Over time I hope to slowly increase my endurance and distance.  If it is not too much to hope for I would also like to have a flat stomach at some point.  Today is forecasted to be another beautiful day with temperatures in the high 70's so I will soon head to the park again.  Afterwards, I need to run past the grocery and pick up a few things.

For those that care about me and who sometimes worry about me, I am feeling good.  Time heals most things and perhaps it is finally spring in my life after a very long winter.   

3 comments:

Sherran Mattingly said...

There he is, there's Michael! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
You made it through the gap.
Glad you're back!

Mike said...

Great to hear! Those walks are big for me, even during the winter.

Tim Bindner said...

Good to hear my friend. I want to schedule another lunch with you in the near future.