“My favorite exercise is a cross between a lunge and a crunch…it’s called lunch.”
Missed the first week of the Olympics but tuned in for week two. Wondered what I could learn. I learned that I’m out of that level of competition. But I also learned some things I could apply to my life.
I learned about effort. The athletes put everything into what they said they wanted. What do I say that I want, even if it’s not on an Olympic level? Do I put in the effort? (Note to self: Re-read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.)
I learned about follow through. My heart went out to the figure skaters who fell early in their program, got up, and without a hope of winning anything except admiration, continued and finished while smiling.
And what about perseverance? One of my main goals is to learn how to play the Kalimba, good enough that I won’t make listeners cringe, dogs howl, and cats hide. I’ve worked Kalimba practice into my daily routine. As a music teacher once observed, regular practice means that the student sucks less this week than they did the previous week. I suck less this week. That’s a goal.
I learned to put inspiration into each day, whether it’s through watching inspiring people or reading uplifting articles or books. It can become too easy to surround myself with the negative.
Wait, this is verging on the maudlin. Time to simplify. My simple thoughts on life or my thoughts on a simple life – Life is short, it’s OK to be happy, and I am enough!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.