Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Am I vain? Is it wrong to take pleasure in the shapely muscles of a well-developed shoulder? Everybody has to have something about their body they can be happy about. For me, I think it's the upper body definition "when I am working out". It's seeing the waist when I've been working on strengthening the core. It's noticing the well-turned calves when I've been working on squats and lunges.
I know, I know... the body isn't everything. My mind/soul is the real me... but like someone who is pleased with a well-kept home? I have some satisfaction that the body has shaped up / continues to shape up.
And a strong body is what we all need, not a body-builder's flex-ing show off body... but a functionally strong body... this helps to get through the ups and downs of life: whether those involve gains or losses in relationships, or work, or health, or faith, strength is a needed component.
Strength comes from stress followed by rest. Mental and spiritual muscles as well as physical ones are built this way. (Ever notice how spiritually strong someone who has survived tragedy seems to get?) Somehow, I think the Spark muscles of motivation are too.
Each time you pull yourself out of a slump, re-motivate, and get back in gear... you have built your Spark-muscles. It's that "one step back, two steps forward" Spark philosophy. For today... whether you're recovering or stressing your Spark muscles... remember that YOU are worth it. And Spark on!