As we whiz, there’s quiet

I am going to sneak out this post while most of you are sitting down to eat dinner. There may be turkey and stuffing and gravy and buttery vegetables (or buttery other things). There may be friends or family you want to see. There may be joy. You may create memories as you sit.

We had most of our Christmas celebration yesterday. We opened stockings this morning and the kids each got a gift from Santa. We went to visit my in-laws this morning and met up with my brother-in-law’s family to exchange gifts. There was food, there were more kids. Tonight we are going back again for dinner.

I went for a run today. It was very windy, and cooler out. But I wanted to have that space to myself, and I needed to try counterbalance the cookie consumption. I saw one other person out running. I saw more couples out walking, mostly with dogs.

It was nice to be out, but feel the quiet. It’s so seldom that we are collectively quiet.


As the story goes in How the Grinch stole Christmas, the Grinch’s heart grows as he experiences the joy of giving and sharing.

And what happened then…?
Well…in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch’s small heart
Grew three sizes that day!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV special)

As he is whizzing along on his sleigh, he feels the love for other Whos. He appreciates others. He is not conflicted. He has suddenly found the quiet within.

And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light

Let there be Christmas. I just want to whiz and feel the quiet.


21 thoughts on “As we whiz, there’s quiet

  1. There is something wrong with me. I saw “Whiz” and the pop bottle and came to the absolutely wrong conclusion on what this post might be about. Glad it was more enjoyable (and tasteful) than imagined. Looking forward to a run tomorrow, but it will be at an inside track unless I plan on wearing ice skates.

  2. I want to start running in 2013, as an incentive to help stop smoking.,,can you refer me to any good resources/blogs/whatever to help create a training plan? My long term goal is to run the Houston marathon (or at least the half-marathon) in January 2014 – am I nuts?

    • Hi Nicky,
      You are definitely not nuts. I know of two friends who swapped their addiction to tobacco with an addiction to running. They now run regular marathons. I’ll look up some training plans and send them to you tomorrow. Do you do much running now?

      • It’s been almost twenty years since I ran regularly; back then I was doing two miles before breakfast, and 5 miles more after dinner (full disclosure – I was in a boot-camp style shock-probation program, didn’t have much choice about it, and led a very clean lifestyle; but it would be great to get back that place by my own choice. I’m a construction worker by trade, long hard, physical days are normal… just looking for a trade-off for the bad habits. Thanks for the reply, and the help!

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