A piglet and a piece of wisdom.
A chance encounter with an escaped piglet on my run today brought fresh words of wisdom from a Vietnam war vet. Today I squeezed in a quick easy 5K in between kid drop-offs, errands, and writing. The foliage is at its peak and I couldn’t resist a quick run today. I’m trying to take it easy this week as I have ridiculously signed up for the Kingdom Marathon this week upon the urging of my friend Joanna. Eek!
I ran from my house today which is one of my favorite places to run. We have views of the Connecticut River overlooking the mountains in Vermont and behind us is the Gardner Mountain Range. My town truly remains still a farming town with our farm Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, also an organic dairy farm, a conventional dairy farm, a local pig farm, as well as several other farms with goats, sheep, and chickens.
I took it easy on my run and focused on my form. I have been working hard to keep my strides long and my arms and core strong. I turned the corner off the main road and onto a side road completely lost in my thoughts and the colors of the leaves when all of a sudden a little pink piglet popped out of the grass and ran in front of me. I was startled out of my daydream and let out an squeal (perhaps sounding like a piglet myself?). I didn’t want the pig to remain outside of its pen. I summoned the neighbor who was planting 100 tulip bulbs reminding me that, “the tulips will brighten the grey canvas of New Hampshire come spring.” I had never met the man who lived in the bright blue cape house before but he gladly came to lend a hand so we corralled the piglet and got her back into her pen.
The gentleman who lives in the bright blue house struck up a conversation with me and I came to learn that he was a Vietnam Vet, and a photographer who had had photographs published in Time Magazine. He told me that he had discovered a true passion for photography and has a darkroom in his house. He takes pictures solely using film cameras. It is amazing what you can discover about people if you happen to take the time to listen for a minute. We chatted for awhile and he left me with a lasting piece of wisdom:
“Everyone should have one thing that they love to do.”
His one thing is photography. He said it had given him to chance to travel, to see the world, to give him wanderlust. For me my one thing is running. I am always able to find peace and tranquility on a run. A run gives me a sense of accomplishment. On the run I am able to organize my thoughts and it is where I have some of my best ideas.
I was thankful for this chance encounter today on my run.
What is the one thing that you love to do the most?
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