Thursday, February 26, 2015
This Book Will Change Your Life - Idle Feet Do The Devil's Work by the Ray Charbonneau.
We have gladly riffed here before on the Ray Charbonneau and how his compulsions are our compulsions. And you need look no further than our posts on Overthinking the Marathon and Chasing the Runner's High for proof of that. As we read Idle Feet Do The Devil's Work, however, we thought we would give Charbonneau and his obsessive awesomeness a break, or more accurately, we would instead celebrate said awesomeness for the great pleasure it brings us. We run, and outside of writing, there is little we spend more time trying to make time for, while simultaneously recognizing that our mood, even our stability rests on our ability to makes these things real. Take today for example. We wrote and ran by 7:15 am, and sharing this with you is not about bragging, or it's not intended to be anyway. It's about knowing we have to work, and get children up for school, but still having a need, and well-knowing what feeding that need produces: happiness and equilibrium, energy, reduced stress, any and all of it. And yet, stress reduction aside, not to mention watching Game of Thrones, and yes, our children we suppose, there is little that gives us more pleasure than reading, our first great love, compulsion, and escape. Before running, and writing, drugs, and sex, there was book, and there was read, and so to be able to lie on the couch and read about running as written by someone who knows, the known known as it were, is pleasure multiplied, or personified, or something quite like it. And the Charbonneau brings it, and over and over again at that. So we thank him for doing so, and we recognize that if he isn't actually changing our life with his words, he is certainly making it better.