The 6th annual Kauai Marathon began at 6:00 this morning. We were watching from lawn chairs in soft morning light when the first runner turned onto Pu'u Road and lightly drifted by our home. Everyone on our street was surprised to see her, and cries of "Girl Power" were instantaneously echoed amongst all those ladies seated along our block. My home is approximately half way through the course, so being the leader at this point is an impressive feat. I don't know the final results of today's run, but this woman appeared "calm & strong", pony tail keeping cadence as she moved effortlessly into and out of our view.
Any person who takes on the commitment to complete a marathon has my deepest admiration. I give "props" to every single person who ran, walked, or attempted to meet their goal today .. but I want that woman to win, and I have my fingers crossed she continued to the finish line as the first woman to be overall winner on Kauai. Something deep inside tells me she has earned that right .. something deep inside me wants this one to go to the girls who felt such joy at seeing her strength and who were living vicariously through her achievement as she floated by.
Lisa"Cali"Crampton, Ph.D. appeared on the grassy area by the road today. She was wearing a Kauai Marathon T-shirt and it was obvious she was stationed at Pu'u and Auwae Roads for the purpose of helping direct traffic. What wasn't immediately obvious was Cali's soon to be vocalized accolades for every single runner who appeared. She came .. she cared .. she gave. I liked this person immediately. We started communicating and it wasn't long before my initial "good feeling" about Cali was validated. Lisa "Cali" Crampton, Ph.D. is Coordinator for the Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project ..
Here's to you, Cali, and others like you. Merci for the path you follow and Mahalo for being a member of the Girl Power team who elevated my Spirit this week.
If we let the above fact affect us negatively, as it affected me for a few days this week ... we all lose. If we believe there is no hope ... we all lose. In some way we must become one mind .. one mind focused on that pure and perfect light we innately know to be our Higher Selves.
My thoughts may appear unreachable and unrealistic, but I will continue to plant a seed of hope for mankind because I'm certain the path of self realization, followed by that action of sharing our higher discoveries with one another will eventually transcend greed and ego based realities. Thankfully, whenever my belief mechanism begins to dim and fade in the darkness of our imperfect humanity and I can't tear myself from a senseless depression caused by the ten o'clock news, some unforeseen event always validates my dream with substance.
Ladies of Girl Power ..
You not only validated my beliefs this week,
You exemplified the hopes and dreams of Higher Thinkers ...
from Kauai to Paris ... and all places between
Mahalo et Merci,
much like humans .....