Saturday, January 12, 2013
Funny thing about Shakespeare - sometimes I've just missed the point and didn't know it! For years (read "decades") I've thought the often quoted words from Richard III, "Now is the winter of our discontent," meant just that - sadness, melancholy, discontent. I just learned that the quote goes on to talk about how those days have turned to glorious summer - and it really means that the sadness is past!
I know, it's taken me a long time to get to the point... that today I feel like I'm exactly there, at the point where things turn around and the sun has peeked out, wonderfully warm and gold. I don't mean to say I'm habitually sad because I'm not, but I'd almost come to believe that many of my options were gone. I'd become less mobile, my balance was not what it used to be, arthritic pain was a constant companion, and the weight just kept adding. I'm 4'11'', so the "pounds per foot" figure had passed the point of being just a matter of bigger sizes.
Here, ALL THAT is slowly CHANGING! After only two months of mindful eating (well, most of the time), daily exercise, and a whole lot of education, even with only a handful of pounds lost so far, more important things are happening. I can already see the wedge of choices widening again. I'm calmer, more open, and more confident. I can do more simple things...like stand and cook with less pain, stand on one leg is yoga balance poses! I'm writing again. And yesterday I hiked for 40 minutes up glacial moraine, something I could NEVER have even thought about a few months ago. I'm shocked, tickled, abashed, excited - this process is simply amazing.
Thank you SparkFriends, Chris, and everybody for this incredible opportunity! In this "winter of our CONTENT" you guys rock!