The ab challenge is definitely getting harder by the sit up, but I am still in and still on top of each day’s goal…Just did my 80/110/48 and 70 seconds in plank. This morning I did as many sit ups as I could in a minute, kept track of the number and moved immediately into crunching and did the same thing, then leg raises and repeated until I completed them all. Then I held plank. It’s nice to have people I care about, all over the country, doing it, too….so thanks 🙂
What I have also been doing every day (more than once) is checking on the status of little James, who nearly drowned just over 2 weeks ago. It was good to read some good news this morning, in that he had a peaceful night’s sleep after some gentle massage by his uncle and his parents. While I never met James, or his parents, Kyle knows the mom, Jenna, and “our town,” Coral Springs, is a big connected community. But beyond that, I do have a lot of empathy regarding situations that are beyond control. (Conversely, I admit to having too little sympathy for people that complain about the small stuff—I have never been good at dealing with drama)…I was questioning myself, and if there is such a thing as TOO much empathy and then I turned the page of my Dalai Lama calendar to today, and to this quote:
“Empathy…is an essential human trait. When we see someone in pain, even a stranger on the street of a victim of natural disaster we see on television or hear about on the radio, we have an instinctive response to his or her suffering. And not only that, we also experience an instinctive urge, whether we act upon it or not, to do something about it.”
That sure summed it all up for me. No such thing as too much. So my heart breaks for this family and at the same time, I am incredibly inspired by how strong they are and how articulate they are, as they share their daily updates. James has been doing a lot of “storming” which apparently the norm after brain injury. Reading that he had a night free from this, has made my day! My little hero, Matty Stepanik, wrote that we should remember to play after every storm. It’s wise advise. If you are reading this on Facebook and would like to learn more about James go to Turtle Power for James Edwards…but make sure you have tissues handy. Then send off the most positivity you can to this little ninja and his family.