Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My left foot revisited

I'm going to make this a short post. Losing an hour in the annual spring forward incident has made me feel a wee bit off in all areas of my life this week. Then again, feeling out of sorts could be unrelated to the numbers on a clock.

After a few very short jogs, my foot all of a sudden is not feeling right. I've already had several meltdowns over it, but there's nothing I can do about it but "accept" it. That's one of those trendy terms that makes me cringe every time I hear or use it, but it's true that acceptance is better than fighting something that can be fought. Maybe my doctor apt Thursday will shed some light on what's going on, but for now, I'm trying to avoid thinking about the possibility that the surgery didn't take. 

Despite being overly focused on my foot, which leads me to be overwhelmed at times, other things are progressing nicely. I met with Diane Israel yesterday, and we had a fantastic interview. I have much to share at a later date. Meeting with her made me realize how important it is for me to continue what I'm doing and not get distracted by fears and worries about the future. Easier said, but there's something very comforting in being around someone you respect, love and trust. For me, it ultimately helps me find my own strength, even when it feels like I might be losing my footing. There are bigger issues to address right now than my foot. I won't go into too much detail, but I will be working on a really cool project with some pretty amazing individuals. 

I did allow myself to get all distracted with this Koney 2012 thing. Years ago, I read about the outcome of an election in another country being affected by bloggers. Unfortunately, it was so long ago that I don't remember the details and can't seem to find any trace of it. However, similar things are happening today in Russia, Germany and even here in this country to some extent. Do I think posting a video to my facebook wall is any kind of heroic act? Of course not. However, what I love about social media is how something like this can truly rock the boat. This is the kind of thing my friends and I used to discuss when facebook and myspace first became popular. Of course there are many sides to this issue in particular. I have friends who travel to Uganda to do work with a group called Think Humanity, so I know the video is not as straight forward or accurate as it could be and there are questions about the legitimacy of invisiblechildren.com. On the other hand, the video caused people to talk and possibly do some research on the topic. I do love the Daily Show's take on all of it.

Daily Show- My Little Koney

It's looking like spring outside lately. I'm craving some long trail runs, but I won't know if I can run much at all until after Thursday. Uggh. 


  1. Sorry your foot's not being cooperative. Hope the doc's got some good news Thursday.

    There was a investigative piece on TV today about Kony. Showed how hard it is to catch him. One of the colonels in the Ugandan army has been after him since '98.

  2. Thank you so much, Ewen.

    Yes, the LRA is a very fractured organization, spread out all over Africa, not just in Uganda. Then, in Uganda, the LRA is spread out in the jungle, and the terrain makes it difficult to track anyone. Koney has been at work for a long, long time in Uganda. It's hard to say how things would be affected in terms of the government there if he is captured. Most people feel it's essential to involve their government in any kind of solution, and it's unlikely that finding Koney is the entire solution. That said, I still feel like the Koney 2012 video has increased awareness about these issues. Perhaps it won't lead anywhere, but there's a chance it will. No matter what happens, it's obviously a very complex issue!