Wednesday, February 15, 2012


I've been giving this a lot of thought lately.  I generally consider myself a happy person, but I also believe that you can choose to be happy (or not, as the case may be).  I was in Barnes & Noble last night waiting for my son and began reading The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama.  We actually own a copy somewhere.  Anyway, he makes the point that achieving happiness requires a calm, disciplined mind.  While external factors (health, fortune, relationships) are influential, true happiness is achieved internally, which explains how one can still be happy despite suffering from a chronic illness or lacking material possessions.  Likewise, we all know individuals who are wealthy and enjoy excellent health yet freely admit that they are unhappy.  And some, like a colleague of mine with whom I interacted yesterday, blame everyone but themselves for their unhappiness.  While that interaction was unpleasant, as it usually is, the Dalai Lama teaches that we should hold these individuals dearly because they provide us opportunities to learn patience and develop a disciplined mind. 

I swam at Nitro this morning with David, Steve, Doug (visiting from Nashville), Anthony, Zach, Jean, and Tom.  Jordan coached.  We had slower intervals today, so we were able to do some faster swimming.

Pyramid, on a :30 base/25:
25 hard/25 easy/50 hard/50 easy/75 hard/75 easy/100 hard/100 easy, then back down; went :30, :48, 1:05 on the way up, :29, :47, 1:04 on the way down and felt very strong with only mild rhomboid discomfort
4 x 100 pull @ 1:30, swam these moderate
4 x 100 @ 1:45, breath control (1/2/3/4 by 25 on the odds, 4/3/2/1 by 25 on the evens)
4 x 125 @ 2:00 (100 free/25 back); descended the 100s 1:09, 1:08, 1:07, 1:06
100 easy

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