If we visualize our future self more like a good friend, maybe we’d work a bit harder to achieve the things today we know will make life better for him (or her) tomorrow.
It happens every time
I wave goodbye to one of my kids,
and invariably stumble into a sea of melancholy.
The water is warm and inviting as I float around with eyes closed,
immersed in memories of a time
when all four of our cubs were with us..
Week-end bar-b-ques, working on school projects, Christmas mornings, lazy Sunday afternoons..
busted curfews, dented fenders, slammed doors, broken hearts.
one by one,
they grew into their oversized paws and
wandered off to explore new plains..
as they should have..
The water becomes chilly
and I open my eyes
taking a moment to praise God
for the inner potential each one of our kids is realizing
because of us,
in spite of us..
away from us..
and to thank Him once again
for my ever patient,
(Stanley Cup obsessed)
king of the jungle..
still hangin’ out with me
in the tree.
Lets face it, most of us are busy people. When we jump into bed at the end of the day we most likely reflect on two lists..the list of stuff we’ve accomplished, and the list of stuff we didn’t have time to get to. My “didn’t get to it list” often includes the important things I need to be doing for long-term health; like stretching.
My quest for better health began weeks ago and it didn’t take long before I ran into problems associated with my unbalanced approach of focusing on muscle building and ignoring muscle flexibility. I needed to be doing much more stretching but I simply could not seem to carve out the time or tap into the discipline needed to make the time.
So I’ve started multi-tasking.
I’m reading a book on the importance of whole body stretching and have decided to incorporate this practice into everything I do all day long; driving, sitting in church, reading, cleaning, pumping gas whatever. Now before you have visions of me getting into a downward dog in the check-out line at Target, understand that I am not the type to attract undo attention to myself- ever.
Nope, you’d never know what I was up to unless you were really staring in which case-
MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS! 😉
A few days ago I was lamenting the fact that my daughter had too much stuff squeezed into her tiny dorm room. Among the items I thought she should give away was a ‘Happy Cinco de Mayo’ T-shirt she got for free from Taco Bell.
I lost the argument and she kept the shirt along with pretty much everything else. And as if to drive home the point that it’s OK to own totally impractical stuff, we ran into this display yesterday at Kate Spade:
Yes, this is the $300 women’s cross-body/clutch designed to look like a paper bag from your local Mexican fast food joint. Naturally, this would go well with the free ‘Happy Cinco de Mayo’ Taco Bell T-shirt my daughter wears once a year..if she can find it. (This year she couldn’t.)
..and of course she thought this little bitty ditty was completely, totally (!!) adorable.
An expensive leather purse designed to look like you are carting around last night’s left-overs…oh, why the heck not??
I’d love to know what sales are like for this item…. Wouldn’t be surprised if they were through the roof– why?
My Physical Therapist cut about a 16″ long section of a swim noodle for me to use while driving (and sitting in general) as described in this video.
It isn’t a cure all for my sciatica, but it seems to help a little. That, combined with occasional, simple neck stretching seems to take the edge off the pain (agony) I usually “run into” on long car rides.
photocredit:West Des Moines Community Schools