In reading an article recently about aging joyfully, I came across this quote:
“I can because I do”.
I was struck by it as we usually say it in reverse – I do because I can.
However Take a Moment to reflect on this powerful statement: I can because I do!
Last week, I wrote about riding a bicycle and the importance of moving forward to stay balanced and upright. You continue pedaling and with each rotation are moving and doing. We go from bicycles with training wheels, to 2 wheels, and for some 1 wheel! We practice, practice and practice some more. And finally – we stay up. I can because I do.
What does it mean to be doing? It refers to the activities in which a person engages, putting forth effort.
Synonyms are: performing, carrying out, accomplishing, achieving, implementing, completing.
So what are you doing?
I have always been an advocate for exercise and activity as components of a healthy and joy filled life. It doesn’t matter what the sport, whether you are competitive or just a casual for yourself participant. The important thing is to participate. Do not just sit on the sidelines watching others do it. Of course, one can be inspired by the achievements of others. Use what you observe in others as the motivator to find your own exercise passion. Whether it is dancing, yoga, running, walking, cycling, skiing, surfing, triathlons, football, baseball, hockey, golf, swimming – there are so many activities to choose from. You can go solo, or find a team sport, find a gym, sign up for a class, watch a video. So many options and available resources at all price points – even FREE!
Once you begin, the magic happens. You may feel awkward at first, get a few sore muscles, feel like everyone is staring at you. So what! Keep at it, have some fun and LIVE LIFE.
Find what interests you and like Nike says in their tag line – Just Do It!!!!
And just like from “The Little Engine That Could (an American fairytale existing in the form of several illustrated children’s books and movies) – the phrase “I think I can”, for me has converted into “Yes I can”!!!
With Light and Love,
Do you feel it? Can you see it? Do you hear it? Can you smell it?
Yes to all! Happy Autumn. We accept and appreciate the subtle changes happening around us as we embrace the season.
For us, living in a beach community, we love the crispness to the air, the incredible sunsets, the waves crashing louder and higher as storms impact the surrounding area, and the scent of salt as the waves mist on us. Summer brings more people to the beaches, and although we love seeing the joy on everyone’s faces, especially the children, we totally now love the peace and quiet and vacant sands as we run along the water daily.
I have always loved the beaches in the “off seasons”. Growing up on the East coast, I can remember strolling all by myself along deserted beaches, even in the rain! I loved it. It is the only place I do not mind it when there are grey skies or drizzle. Now, living in a Southern California beach community, I continue to stroll, run, and enjoy being by the water. It is my energy zone. I feel at peace.
As for the seasons, I love Fall the most! Not too cold, not too hot- just right. The marine layer in the morning and at night, with sunny days in the middle. Add a little jacket, shawl, or zip sweater to layer, and then adjust as needed as the day goes on.
Pumpkin patches are set up, Halloween costumes being advertised and on full display, and yes, even Christmas is full speed ahead.
Yes, all the festivities of the upcoming Holidays have kicked off. However, let us take the time to just be. To just enjoy the beauty of this time of year.
Give thanks for another day of being alive and well.
Start and end each day with Gratitude and Appreciation for who you are, who you are becoming, what you have, and all that is.
Be kind, be compassionate, be mindful. Smile!
Spread your joy into the world and feel the richness of Autumn.
With Light and Love,
Have you ever noticed how on certain days you can feel calm, at peace and be able to balance on one leg? You feel ready to take on the world and deal with whatever comes your way!
Then on other days you can hardly even balance on both feet! You are shaky, frustrated and upset. Not feeling 100%.
What makes the difference?
I ask myself that every time I am doing balancing poses in yoga. What am I focusing on? What thoughts are going through my mind? What did I eat last night or in the morning? Did I drink enough water? Did I get enough sleep? Did I read anything disturbing or watch something which impacted my feeling calm, peaceful and balanced?
All these things and more play a part in how we feel, how we interact, how we are.
How is your balance today? And is it something that is important to you? I find it is key for me to feel my best.
Recently, on my morning runs, I found another way to check in with myself. I have been stopping at a section of the beach where I find different shape rocks and build a rock sculpture. Somedays I can easily and almost effortlessly erect a sculpture of 11-13 rocks. Then on other days, I barely get 5 to stand tall! Yesterday, I attempted several times and did at one point achieve having 9 up. But then, they all toppled over! Was I not being in the moment? Was I being distracted? Was I trying to do it in a hurry?
All those things played into what happened. I realized in order to keep a perfect balance we need to be calm; we need to be centered; we need to be in the here and now. We need to breathe!
Don’t let distractions put you off your balance. They will try and sometimes win. Always come back to here and now, focusing on your breath, your gratitude, your appreciation and thankfulness.
Here’s to a calm, centered, and balanced day.
With Light and Love,
It’s back to school time! In my opinion, we have transitioned from summer into fall with the Labor Day holiday weekend. (officially Fall begins Sept 22)
I hope you enjoyed your time with family, friends, food, fun, and time to do what makes you happy.
This morning I gave more thought to the word transition while out running. We had just made a significant transition. We also though make transitions every day – big and small. We transition from sleep to being awake in the morning. We then continue to make transitions – from eating breakfast to lunch to dinner (and a few snacks in between), a morning workout, to our commute, our work, our hobby, our errands, our responsibilities, our commitments and so much more.
Life is made up of many transitions. As we age, we transition from being students to employees, employers, doctors, lawyers, professors, scientists, gardeners, police officers, fireman, entrepreneurs, business owners, chefs, artists, retail clerks, and so many others in the work force. We go from living at home, to eventually getting our own place if that is what we desire. We go from crawling to walking to riding a bicycle to driving a car or a motorcycle or to being driven around via metro, Uber, Lyft, taxi, limo, train, or private jet.
We get to choose how we transition as we go through life. There is no one way for everyone. We decide what works best for us. Of course we all are born, live and eventually die. That is a given. However, how we choose to sequence and experience life is up to us.
How are you transitioning in your life? Are you satisfied? If not, take the time to identify what you want to change and make the necessary course corrections.
Make your life meaningful, worthwhile, and of significance. You have a choice.
You make a difference. You have the power.
Live your LIFE your way!
With Light, Love and wishes for successful transitions!
Cultivate the root. The leaves and branches will take care of themselves.
It all begins with the foundation, the root, the true essence. That is where the magic happens. Spend the time early on digging deep, laying the framework, nourishing and nurturing the root. Then watch your results come to fruition in all their magnificence.
The above quote and affirmation were taken from my book, Reflect Renew Refresh – The 3 R’s for an Inspired Life.
I am a very visual person. It is very important that I surround myself with a peaceful and calming environment surrounded by nature. Green plants and shrubs, flowering bushes, the ocean, blue skies, puffy clouds. In fact, the first thing I usually do when arriving at a hotel is look at my view! And when we have been buying property, I also place emphasis on the views from the windows, the backyard, the other homes around us.
I have come to realize though, that what I desire to see around me, needs attention to continue to thrive and be all that it wants to be. It may not always look 100%. And when the leaves brown, the grass gets eaten up by the rabbits, the flowers die, I need to get my hands dirty (or pay the gardener) to get into the soil and do what is necessary – fertilize, mulch, add nutrients, natural pest control, repot into a larger container, etc.
Our minds and bodies are like the plants. When we are not feeling or looking our best, we need to identify what is happening internally. Yes of course I want to look good and will take the time to wear a great outfit, apply my makeup, do my hair. That can quickly fix the outer appearance. However I also need to attend to my inner self.
What is the cause of my feeling?
What happened to create it?
What do I need to do to feed my being, nourish myself to radiant health, wealth, peace, joy, love, harmony, success and happiness.
Cultivating the root is an ongoing process similar to the 3 R’s.
Take the time to Reflect on what is happening and why.
Renew your commitment to doing what is important for you. Identify what your course of action will be.
Then feel Refreshed, invigorated and inspired to be your Best Self!
Just like your garden. You got your hands dirty, pulled the weeds, cleaned out the debris, added the righ amount of nutrients.
Inside and Out – You are perfect!
May you continue to grow, thrive, and achieve your desires.
Love and Light,