Thursday, 30 July 2020

STEADFASTNESS

Well, now it was a while ago again but it does not stop to say good evening anyway.
So "Good evening" to you!

It starts to get better with the running. For each session it goes a little easier and it is probably the regularity and that I do not drive harder than my body can handle. Yes, also the "hare" Malte (dog) then of course. Very nice and faithful running buddy I must say.

"Polar-burn"
Polar-burn.

According to some, the sun has been a little invisible, but I still think I can see a small "Polar burn" (running-watch) on my arm anyway. You understand!
In addition, it has been inspiring to go on the tours almost every day because it is so incredibly nice to take a wood-fired sauna afterwards. Can be recommended if you get the opportunity at some point.
On one of my trips in "bear-land" I passed a nice "häbre" (old hayloft) which was apparently built in the 17th century at some point. They seemed to be able to make locks even at that time. Fantastic!

Door from 17th century.

The three pictures I share with you have, separately, some to do with a very important word: STEADFASTNESS.

There is an Afro-American proverb that says:
"Keep going!" and say some I can think.

"To be steadfast is to be steady, enduring and trustworthy (think back in the pictures). We remain true to our intentions no matter what happens.
Firmness grows every time we take on a challenge. It strengthens the will to continue when Life tests our determination. We choose a path and keep a steady course.
We are faithful and tolerant of those we love. We commit to something no matter how long it may take. We are like a steady ship in a storm. We do not allow ourselves to be broken or driven off course.
We are riding out the storm. "

By the way, today I decided to run the Stockholm marathon virtually.
I do it on Saturday 5/9 with type 16 laps around Lillsjön. Right now 15 km is going well so.. why wouldn't a couple of 15 km more do.
How was it now "..steady, enduring, trustworthy..".

Have a nice Thursday and be grateful for the gift of perseverance.

It gives you strength to endure!

The great sauna.

Keep smiling!
Keep saying HELLO to strangers!
Keep LOOKING AROUND THE CORNER!
Keep going!

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Everyone has a choice!

Everyone has a choice!

Well, yes I do think so. Maybe not everywhere but here, in Sweden, where I live everyone do have a choice by their own.

I've been a part of Facebook for ten years now where the last four have been pretty tough. I also have understood that many people have benefited from what I formulated with both text and image but despite this, I now choose to become inactive on Facebook.

However, I will not put out of the digital world completely but instead I will write on my blog, for writing, that is something I have almost always done. I just like it!

The difference between a blog and Facebook is that it is not as stressful and that it instead becomes a bit more of a diary where I can write about my days and dreams and I have no expectations of any readers really because it is only for me myself.

Below I will give You some pictures of what it is all about for me. I love running but the last four years I have not been able to ran as I used to do in 47 years.

I can only see, understand and respect it!

I have a place up in the mountains and I realize it is only there I feel free when out running with my dog Malte. I have an unlimited view, exiting meetings and a great peace in my body and mind.

Just me - a human

At the beach

Where the path comes out from the forrest

Unlimited views

where the road leads us


Old barns and bears

A follower on one of my runnings

The Lodge

Dare to smile!
Dare a Hello!
Dare to peek around the corners!
Dare to follow Your dream!

Easy, Light and Smooth!
/Flexirun

Thursday, 13 June 2019

MINDFULNESS

After a fairly physical leave, I am back in the home's safe corner. Feel good!
On my Big Lake Run 2013
One way try to try out Conscious Presence in the real life.
I've written a bit about different words and it will continue for a while. Until I finish so to say ..

Last week's words, wisdom, was nice, and before that there was perseverance that applied. This week I will use a word (or rather two) a little in the time that I will try to live up to as best I can.

The word is "Conscious Presence" or as it is usually written and pronounced: MINDFULNESS
On my own.
This means that I should try to live with consciousness and reflection in thoughts, words and actions. Waking up to the world around us, we experience feelings and moods fully and are extra aware of the needs of others.
Refuse to hurry myself. Living attentively can make life a little easier by helping me get distance to feelings.
Anger must turn into justice!
I will seek joy instead of desire and develop my interior and pay attention to the homework Life teaches me.
Presence provides peace of mind.
Just do it!
Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) is the oldest and most famous record of the daoism, and you can read the following:

"Can you cleanse your inner vision so that you see nothing but the light? Can you take a step back from yourself and thereby understand everything?"

I am grateful for the gift of conscious presence. It constantly makes me present.
Great Lake Run was my run around the lake
where I come from (222,5 km or 138,256 miles)

Well, you choose for yourself what you want to do but never forget:

Dare to laugh!
Dare to say hello! to a stranger!
Dare peek around the corner!
Dare to be present!

/Flexirun

Sunday, 9 June 2019

WISDOM

THANK YOU from the deepest part of my heart!


Everything except what is not supposed to hold when running 42195 meters WITHOUT actually more than keeping the body up with something that resembled running 😉
But I am pleased to be able to run the first 25 kilometers completely unobstructed and in a fairly easy way. That it then became a powerwalk and "intervals" to get to the goal was just a tactic that I took in the need ..
So, therefore, I am pleased to know exactly where the body is physically and what is required is exactly the word of the week.
Well, then the basic training begins for next year's marathon in Stockholm. 🙂

In Stockholm I celebrated Kenya's Independence Day (1/6) by running a marathon today (6/6) I celebrated my own country's national day with 10 km of running. 10K is enough in Sweden.


The word of the week is WISDOM and it is our guardian's guardian. It gives us clarity of thought and a deeper understanding.
Try to use your judgment before your impulse actions (dare, however, look around the corners).
Wisdom gives us the maturity and patience required to make sustainable choices.
Find knowledge, reflect and then open up the inspiration!
Wisdom can take us farther away than the very thought, to a deeper insight and knowledge.

I'm going to be grateful for the gift of wisdom for the rest of the week.

As a winner of DM (district championships) in M55 last fall
a friend received the medal to me just now..

Dare to laugh!
Also dare say a hello! to strangers!
Dare peek around every corner!
Dare to trust your wisdom!

Sunday, 19 May 2019

NOBILITY

Good Sunday evening for all of you!

The week that went was tough but also nice and fun.

I have run but not as much as before, which actually doesn't matter much. I have chosen not to set up any direct training goal for marathon in Stockholm on June 1. Only that I should run may suffice.
The running I have done with Malte has felt good and it just goes better and better. What I lost in fitness, I must take back with experience and forehead instead 😉

In addition, I have not only run but also rolled a little with my motorcycle. Among other things up to the annual Springmeet farmhouse which is a nice arrangement with lots of bikes and cars from all periods (The pictures are from a running race with Malte and partly from Springmeet 2019).
The Castella in Brunflo
#whereIcomefrom
Word of the week:
Nobility is to be true to our true values as spiritual beings. It is to live up to the virtues, the divine treasure that is within us. Treat yourself and others with dignity and respect. Speak and act with love. Choose the high moral path no matter what it costs.
An old, but beautiful, shed.
 If others try to downgrade you, remain steady in consciousness of your true value. Do not choose the least resistance law but live a principled life.

Live the good life!
From a run up in the forrest with Malte.
Green but all trees do not have leaves yet.
I do not only run.Sometimes I do "roll"..
I run my Indian Scout too!
I am grateful for the gift of nobility. It is my moral compass!

Easy, Light and Smooth!
/Flexirun

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

HELPFULNESS


Once again a really nice evening at you! I will write a little about "helpfulness" a little further down in the post for those who might be able to get there ..
Me on one of my runs :-)
I have sometimes resembled my feeling at a tree without leaves. I have always known that spring will come. It has done it four times now and finally it is all that it should again.

It is not true for me not to chop, bite and stick as well. I just wanna do what I love so much. I just can't quit simply!

The only thing missing is well .. the fitness that you once had. But I usually think like this. I'm almost 58 years old and have run 50 of them.
It doesn't go as fast or far BUT it goes and also gets more fun and fun. What more could you ask for?
"Nike Claes" ;-)
After the day's run of about 10 km with Malte up in the forest, which was absolutely wonderful, it turned out that I had received a message right from Kenya.
Edwin, James, Samuel and Rodgers with their new shoes.
The sign really me me happy!
Edwin Kibet Maluche who is the trainer for the runners in Elgon Running Club had written and sent pictures of the new shoes that Rodgers and his companion James and Samuel had received after some help from my side.
Since Rodgers decided that he MUST hit the world record on the marathon, I thought he must have new running shoes and then his companion James must have a pair. Then I thought that even Samuel who will represent Kenya in the East African championships should also have a couple of new well-seated shoes.
I arranged a little and fixed some. Think less, do more was the motto.
(Left): James, Samuel and Rodgers with new shoes. (Right) Jams and Rodgers with that sign.

Yes, so it was that with the word of the week. The word is "Helpfulness".
The American author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) is said to have claimed:

"One of the most beautiful pleasures the life gives is that it is actually impossible to help someone else while at the same time helping oneself."

Helpfulness is to make meaningful things for others, things that make a difference for them, in both big and small.
It is time to be thoughtful and think about what people really need and help them in a respectful way. It is usually easier to provide help than to receive and it takes courage to ask for help when we need it.
My lovely running pal Malte (Flatcoated Retriever).
So, help the week be a great week!

Dare to laugh!
Dare to say hello! to strangers!
Dare peek around the corner!
Dare to be helpful!

Easy, Light and Smooth!
/Flexirun

Sunday, 5 May 2019

SIMPLICITY

Simplicity is to be satisfied with the basic gifts of life. We live reflectively and consciously, pay attention to what is important and not.
Not always simple out there!
 We value those we love and surround us only with what is useful or beautiful. We free ourselves from excesses, debris and complexity. Simplicity provides clarity and increased concentration. It also frees our minds from the stress of doing too much.
A "small" bear-track (cub).
More tracks ;-)
 We value small things, daily pleasures and opportunities to show kindness. We also live in the present and preserve what is right in front of our eyes.

We just enjoy being!
Malte just sit cool and watch the bears digging after "spring-food"
William Morris (a British artist, designer and writer) said:

"Just have the things in your home that you know are useful or think beautiful."

I will try to be happy with what I have and I will think that I know what I care about. I intend to clear out debris and excesses from my life and try to be faithful to my task.
I will value small things and then perhaps most importantly:

I enjoy living!

Dare a smile!
Dare to say Hello! to strangers!
Dare to peek around corners!
Dare to dare SIMPLICITY!

Easy, Light and Smooth!
/Flexirun