11/04/14  A few days ago I was running alone of a backroad in North Carolina hoping this wouldn’t be a repeat of the scene in the movie “Easy Rider,” were two country boys shoot Peter Fonda off his motorcycle.

After everyone who passed me waved and smiled (something that NEVER happens in San Francisco where I live) I relaxed and once again felt the rush of endorphins I experienced years ago when I was a “real” runner, rather than one who shuffles slower than most people walk. I realized the joy of running was about the release of endorphins—the journey, not the number of miles I ran or my speed. I wrote about the value of focusing on the journey in my article Want Enlightenment? Think Less, Do More.

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I am an author of eight books in four languages. LESSONS FOR THE LIVING: STORIES OF FORGIVENESS, GRATITUDE AND COURAGE AT THE END OF LIFE is my memoir of being a bedside hospice volunteer for six years while battling prostate cancer. My next book, LEANING INTO SHARP POINTS: PRACTICAL GUIDANCE AND NURTURING SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS will be published in March, 2012 by New World Library and focus on caregiving for loved ones who have a progressive or terminal illness.