My daughter always attributes her love of travel to the nomadic life she endured (maybe retrospectively even enjoyed) as the child of a military member. And because we didn’t usually live close to relatives, summer always included several long visits to family in the South. She usually managed to achieve her goal of being gone all summer long!
Now, she uses the perks of working in the airline industry (of course) to fly to all the places she’s never visited. And sometimes, she invites me to come along. I always try to go…because if your adult child wants you to travel with her, you have to say YES!
“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” ~ Francis Bacon
I’m a fitness instructor with bad knees. My clients are often surprised to see me taking an elevator instead of the stairs after a class. I don’t take the stairs because walking up and especially down stairs puts a lot of strain on my knees. I save my knees for demonstrating the best form when I’m teaching and being in the best form when I’m taking class.
My knees let me know when I’ve gone too far. My knees are the reason I challenge my clients to push themselves to THEIR limit versus what I might think they can do. Because each client is the only one who really knows if she’s pushing herself, challenging what’s comfortable and living up to her potential.
In life as in fitness, you are the only one who knows if you’re giving it your best shot or just coasting. And you’re the only one who has to answer for you.
“The journey to wholeness requires that you look honestly, openly, and with courage into yourself, into the dynamics that lie behind what you feel, what you perceive, what you value, and how you act.” ~ Gary Zukav
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~ Carl Jung.
Sometimes when we feel unsure or incomplete, we may look for someone else to approve what we are doing, how we are presenting ourselves … who we are being. But I’ve realized there is nothing external to me that can complete who I am; I have to recognize and acknowledge the God in me to achieve wholeness.
“I am a Divine, magnificent expression of life, and deserve the very best. I accept miracles. I accept healing. I accept wholeness. And most of all, I accept myself. I am precious, and I cherish who I am.” ~ Louise Hay
The Creator has created you to Her specifications, with Her characteristics, for Her purpose. You already have everything you need…what are you waiting on?
“We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.” ~ Marianne Williamson, “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles”.
I eat pretty cleanly most of the time … lots of veggies, mostly water. And because I eat cleanly most of the time, when I don’t, my body feels it pretty quickly and acutely. What I find interesting (puzzling) at those times is the judgment from others.
“I thought you didn’t drink,” if I’m drinking anything alcoholic… too much of which gives me a headache.
“I thought you ate cleanly,” if I’m enjoying a couple of bites of chocolate, or bacon…’cause who doesn’t like an occasional slice of real bacon.
I get it…it’s the stuff we’re not doing for ourselves that can lead us to compare ourselves to, compete with and criticize others.
But I also get that if I’m to share the lessons I’ve learned about leading myself, I have to be cognizant of my behavior at all times.
“People always pay more attention to how you live than to what you say.” ~ John Maxwell, Running with the Giants p.101
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.” Matthew 7:1-3, MSG