“All beings that have conscious experience are oriented toward the pursuit of those experiences which are pleasant and the avoidance of those which are unpleasant or painful. In this fundamental respect, we humans are NO different from other animals.”
Spring is such a great time to be reborn, to renew and to reconnect. In spring everything is possible. Days grow long and sunlight is abundant. Flowers bloom where there once were none. In fact, colors happen everywhere. What a great time to get outside and get moving surrounded by all that Mother Nature gifts us with.
Monday, after my morning of teaching and training, I was in need of being outside so I went for a little walk/jog around the neighborhood. There is a home just about a half-mile away that has beautiful orchids growing on the trees and Mitch and I often comment to one another about how pretty the property is kept. During my Monday outing I finally, after many years, saw a woman raking the leaves and stopped to tell her how we admire her home and yard. As soon as we looked at one another we realized we already knew each other…a recently retired teacher from the elementary school Derek and Kyle went to. Just by coincidence she told me that she was having lunch with 20 of the other retired teachers, today, right by my house. I am so excited that I will have the chance to stop in and say hello and see some of them and let them know what positive impact they had on the boys…especially one who had Derek for 2 years and Kyle for 1. I have always wanted this very opportunity!!!
If you don’t spend time outside, you miss a bounty of opportunities to connect. Often, that connection is with your own soul, and often that’s exactly the connection we need! I have made a commitment to get outside and walk or jog 6 days a week. While some may think I already get more than enough exercise, this is about way more than that.
Wherever you are, spring is, too. Give thought to dusting off some sneakers that haven’t seen the outdoors since before the winter and get yourself a good dose of exercise, Vitamin D and reconnection. It will do your body, your mind and your spirit a whole lot of great and you might just find yourself singing…I’m walking on sunshine…and ooooo it feels good!
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. (Sonnet XCVIII)”
Good morning and welcome to April. Thank you, William, for summing up so well what it is we all love about April. Why not set YOUR bio-stat to reflect that age you want to feel today and get out there knowing the spirit of youth is exactly what this month gifts you. Let’s put a little skip in our step today (figuratively and literally) and let the rejuvenating April air lighten our loads and open our hearts. Though I am not a fan of April fool’s — I am definitely a fool for April!
I will be on a regular schedule today, all classes and privates are on. Ellyn will be teaching her regularly scheduled 10:00 am SS class.
I admit to be all over the place this morning, at least in my thoughts. What a great weekend we had with the kids and the family. In all the ways and places we can find peace, there is NOTHING like being with your adult kids and knowing that they are happy, healthy and terrific. I won’t bore you with details, but I will say that when kids are small it’s frustrating that they think they know it all, but as they get older, there really is a whole lot to be learned from them! From food and drink (we had a blast with our own DIY beer tasting where Nicole taught me so much in so little time!) to technology and cars, people, places, things and of course, animals, Mitch and I learned a ton this weekend from our “kids.” Often, I wonder if we let our kids make too many decision for themselves when they were young, but seeing how that has all turned out reinforces the parenting path we chose. I also came to realize that while Mother Nature knew it was wisest to give me little boys to raise, the grown up “girls” they have brought into our hearts and lives seem to round our little family out quite perfectly. We crammed so much into the 24 hour period that we all got to be together, and even had a chance to be a family of 10 at the breakfast table, yesterday. Thanks to Jane for suggesting Everglades Holiday Park. It was not only educational and funny, but how peaceful to be out in nature amidst a sea of lily pads where getting up close and personal with the gators reminded me, once again, how we are all Mother Nature’s children and how amazing nature itself is! Probably, the most hilarious and appropriate part of our time together was watching Justin Timberlake dressed up as a block of tofu on Saturday Night Live. As the herbivores and omnivores watched together, it was kismet. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, I am posting a link, below, which I hope will open to the segment. If you are a fan of the show, it was an excellent episode with Timberlake as both the host and the musical guest.
Though Kyle and Nicole had to go back home and back to work (not before we tasted just one more beer…) we enjoyed an awesome dinner at Sublime with Derek and Jolene. That place is always awesome, biggest problem being choosing between so many yummy options. While the kids are here a few more days, I will be on an abbreviated work schedule. With Ellen subbing for me today, all classes are covered. I will be in for my 11:30 class tomorrow and have cancelled both evening classes. I plan on being back at the gym Wednesday morning and back to my regular schedule. I am also considering taking on a writing challenge that may lead to some part-time work, writing about what else but health and wellness. The bonus is the research I will be doing for this initial project (which is basically the equivalent of an “interview,” is quite pertinent to this blog, so I will be learning more to share with all of you. I will keep you posted as it unfolds.
Make your Monday marvelous, and maybe even meatless. It’s been a few months for Mitch practicing meatless Monday and he likes it! You may be surprised to find that you will, too.
Doesn’t much matter where I have lived, in the 4 season of New York, or the endless summer that is South Florida, there is no month I love more than March. While it may not come in like a lion, it is a bit chilly this week, and somehow, I know by the time it leaves like a lamb, I’ll be back in my pool, swimming again! Not only will winter turn to spring, but we will also change the clocks and springing ahead will give us an extra hour of sunlight (though it will take away an hour from the time Mitch and I have with our kids!) And yes, as if all that isn’t enough to look forward to, we will get to be together with all our children, which makes any month (or week or day) the best time of the year.
If you take any of my classes, check in regularly for the next week or so as I will be taking some time off from the gym between Saturday the 9th and Wednesday the 13th, just not sure which classes this will effect. At present I am definitely cancelling both classes Tuesday night the 12th. If I am not available for a SilverSneakers class, Ellen will be there to teach in my place. Same will be the case for the Monday/Wednesday mornings. I will keep you posted.
So welcome to March and have a great Friday. Remember this month is a great time to start anew as all things are possible in the beautiful season of Spring!
We make plans and Mother Nature laughs. I feel for my kids (Derek, Pete and Remembering Never) who were supposed to all be landing in NY for a weekend of fun, great (vegan) food, friends and lots of music, playing 3 shows in the NY/NJ area, but alas the decision was made to cancel. I am sad Derek doesn’t get to finally see snow! I am sad Derek, Pete, Danny and the guys aren’t going to hang together and throw snowballs at one another, but I think this storm is going to be much more than “that”…I am so sorry, guys! We make plans and Mother Nature has her own agenda. I feel for my cousin Lisa who is making her daughter, Sarah, a Bat-Mitzvah party tomorrow night in New Jersey. I hope Mother Nature finds a way to be kind in their neighborhood, and the celebration goes on as scheduled. We make plans and Mother Nature makes her own. I am keeping good thoughts for friends flying to visit family members, attend fitness conferences and as well for my family and friends who live in the Northeast. Stay warm, stay safe and take care of each other.
A huge shout out to my webmaster, Kyle, who I read such wonderful things about as written by his co-workers in The CopyPress Culture. You certainly have remained true to your passion and continue to be as humble and unassuming as the day Mother Nature gifted dad and I, with you. I hope that you and Derek always know how proud we are of you both and how much we love you both, each and every day.