In the spirit of “less is more” Ode Magazine (the magazine for intelligent optimists) came out with It’s “Organic Top 20” list today. I would like to add Patagonia to that list for having the courage to invest in organic cotton clothing two decades ago when organic cotton was much more expensive, hard to source and before green went mainstream. They really went out on a limb then.
[Full disclosure: I used to work for Patagonia. The view from the inside convinced me that their commitment to the environment is pretty legit.]
Sorry if this posting sounds like an ad. It’s just that it’s hard to find POSITIVE and USEFUL news lately and I wanted to post something that was both.
Speaking of the increased amount of negativity and irrelevancy flowing out from the media lately, I believe it’s depressing our moods (and my 401k–and personal income, too I might add). Getting bombarded several times a day with negativity is just not healthy or helpful. It’s times like these when I need more energy, more creativity, more connections in my life to help my clients with my web business
, support our non-profit
, be a good moma and still make a difference. Our country needs more inspiration, more collective resolve and spirit–not less–in order to fix our economy, environment, and increase our personal happiness quotient.
So, less is more…
Recently, I canceled our local daily newspaper, said “no” to cable (again) and have limited my own doses of NPR to thoughtful and interesting programs such as “Fresh Air”, “On Point” and “This American Life”.
For the past month, I’ve been getting my news from these generally positive and useful sources:
•People: I’ve gone old school and have taken up more active listening and sharing news with friends and fellow business owners & shop keepers around town
•Coffee Connection (aka “John’s Coffee Shop” in Ojai): It’s remarkable how much useful and locally interesting news I get from just chatting with people while standing at the counter
: I get daily postings about people I know and care about
: I get (sometimes) hourly postings from runners, social entrepreneurs
and triathletes that keep me energized and inspired to do more
• Newspapers (okay, I admit that newspapers are a definite exception to my positive rule): Wall Street Journal
for the helpful articles for small businesses and the occasional Sunday edition of the New York Times or Los Angeles Times for their in depth features on global and societal issues and trends
•Magazines: Ode, National Geographic
, The Sun Magazine
(“The Science of Happiness” article is great this month), Runner’s World
(online), Marathon and Beyond
, Vegetarian Times
, and a bunch of anthropology journals I get through my AAA membership (Ethos, Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, American Anthropology).
•Emails and texts flying back and forth from friends, business associates, professors, artists, professional athletes, journalists, anthropologists, lawyers, plumbers, my kids and their friends.
And, since I’ve made these changes, I feel that I’ve essentially regained control of my information and outlook. I’m keeping informed about things that I want to know about. And, less informed of what someone else believes is important for me to be told and to believe. I’m less pissed off. I’m more content with what I have. I’m less anxious about stuff like swine flu, failing banks, global warming and threats to social security. And, I am participating in discourses that are more helpful and meaningful to me personally. Discourses that could lead to increased good. Since these changes…
I’ve been happier.
“You become what you think about all day long.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I just finished the book Born to Run by Chris McDougall. I’ve already adjusted my training to incorporate some of the features he mentioned in his book that helped him regain the joy of running injury-free. You can check out my daily training updates at twitter.com/multisportmama
I found some magical and inspiring photos taken by one of the inaugural runners of the Copper Canyon Ultra and talented ultra runner himself Luis Escobar. His beautiful and respectfully taken photos of the Tarahumara and gringo ultra runners are at AllWeDoIsRun.com.
In 2006 Caballo Blanco (aka Micah True) put on a friendly match race with some Tarahumara and some of the most talented ultra marathoners in the world including Scott Jurek. Check out Caballo Blanco’s web site for more info about his inspiring and wonderful Copper Canyon Run and Ultra Marathon Race.
Anyway, after Day #1 of my new “Team Tarahumara” inspired training: I feel great! No PF pain today after spending quality time with my kids on Mother’s Day by towing them around on their skateboards with me jogging in some old (12 years old?) flat Nike trail runners (instead of my new $135 NB 1223s). I ended up returning the NBs and bought some Brooks Cascadia at our local running shop Inside Track. I don’t have the tendon/muscle strength yet to go barefoot or wear the Vibram FiveFinger barefoot running sole protectors worn by Barefoot Ted in the Born to Run book. Not yet…
Have fun running
Love comes first
Less is More
These jerseys are by a company called Blackbottoms Cyclewear in Colorado. They look pretty cool for a medical professional and seem pretty high visibility for safety on the road, too. If you login to your Twitter account at TwitPic and leave a comment (if you like them or not) they may give you a pair of socks.