Organized my sock drawer. It’s been a mess for years. Socks mostly just shoved in. In a pile. Hard to find things. A minor daily frustration near the beginning of every day. One does not realize how those little frustrations add up over time and begin to cognitively wear on you. Like a pebble in a shoe.
Took me about 20 minutes to fix it. Dumped them out, found matches, set aside ones I want to give away, tossed ones with holes. Feels great.
20 minutes to solve years of minor frustration. 20 minutes to make me just a little happier every day.
Now, to find 20 minutes more.
While my official GORUCK Tough patch is the one I’m most proud of, and I have several other patches I love, it is this one that is my favorite and who’s spirit and symbolism means the most to me.
It was a gift from a close friend. Vetus bellator means “Old warrior” in Latin. The GRT > 40 reminds me that I did one of the toughest physical challenges of my life well past what many would consider a prime age. The spearhead has long been used as an infantry/calvary symbol — a reminder to me to always jump in to help whomever and however I can.
All of these things speak to me deeply.
Locks of love. Portland, ME
Such a lovely way to start the day.
Slow lonely walks along the beach.
Watching hermit crabs skitter in tidal streams.
The short cold waves of Atlantic seawater lapping their rhythm against my calves.
Meditation on the shore so deep I don’t notice the flies biting nor do I mind it after. The colors of the world so different and alive when I open my eyes.
My wife reading and content.
My daughter frolicking and joyful.
Friends of good nature.
My little girl got the most lovely hairstyle at Bastille Day today.
Adidas just released a new prototype for a sneaker woven entirely out of ocean trash.
The sample shoe was made from illegal gill nets dredged up from the
ocean by the nonprofit Sea Shepherd. “It’s a fishing net that was
spanning the bottom of the sea like a wall, and killing pretty much
every fish passing by,” says Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the
Oceans, a new Adidas-supported nonprofit that is helping the company
develop a larger strategy for fighting ocean waste. “They confiscated
this net, and we’re bringing it back to life.”