Reason #1,000,003 Why I Run
February, 2011: My abstract on the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was accepted to be presented in poster form during the statewide Dietetic Conference.
Today @ 3:00: I felt pretty happy. Pretty complete. In fact, I felt 100% satisfied with all of my hard work.
Today @ 3:04: I looked closer. Closer. I noticed something awry. Something strangely…how should I say it?…off.
And then I saw it.
Oh yes. I did. Thousands of proof reads. Too much time over-obsessing every single inch of detail. And yet, somehow, I failed to notice the most obvious of issues. I used the wrong word at the beginning of the very first paragraph.
First thought that came to mind: *GASP* Somebody shoot me!!
Second thought that came to mind: I need to run.
And so I did. I ran and I ran and I ran.
I let every worry and care roll off my shoulders like the droplets of rain that splattered breathlessly against my face.
And then I realized the same thing that I realize after every run. You can’t cry over spilled milk. You just can’t. A misspelled word is nothing to get hung up over.
(hopefully, it’s nothing that a little marker job can’t fix either!)
Attitude is everything. Running helps.
And cooking too. To be continued…
Question: Have you ever made a big (silly!) mistake with your job or in school?
It’s always the silly, little mistake that seem the most frustrating. As a writer and self-editor, it’s hard because your brain reads what you know it’s supposed to say — no matter how many times you try to objectively look at it.
And, yeah, when I make mistakes like that, I like to head out for a run, too. No better way to “let every worry and care roll off my shoulders like the droplets of rain that splattered breathlessly against my face” — as you so wonderfully put it!
Thanks for sharing your story … how did the marker job turn out?
Thank you, Kimberly!
I am actually just attempting to fix it now…keeping my fingers crossed! 😀
Is that a Moosewood Cookbook I spy?
I don’t think I’ve ever made a BIG mistake, but I have of course made mistakes.
You must be a fellow Moosewood fan. 😀 I love Molly’s drawings throughout the book.
I have made countless mistakes! But not matter what, I try to remember that in the big scheme of things (in life in general), it’s not a big deal. That is more easily said that done, though 🙂 Keep smiling, I’m sure it worked out A-OK!
By the way, congratulations on having your abstract chosen to be presented at the conference! That’s a great achievement!
Thank you so much, Caitlyn! 😀