How far is too far?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

So today was co-op day again, and I arrived late so I missed out on most of the chairs. I found myself trying to discourage one of the guys from moving chairs because I wanted to test my strenght. I told him that I counted on being able to do the chairs for a workout--which isn't strictly true because I don't find it very challenging, though I enjoy doing it because other people do find it challenging. And why shouldn't I do it, if it's not hard for me?

However, I did have time to bring a table from storage, and I found--to my amusement--that I could carry the thing by myself. It's a long wooden table, but only half as wide as most folding tables. As far as I can tell, no one else is able to carry one of these by themselves. I know that I've had trouble carrying a full-size table with help from my teenager. But today I took extreme joy in carrying this one to and from storage by myself. I got multiple offers of help from people, and a few strange looks. So I started wondering, am I showing off? Is it bad that I'm doing this? Is it too smug? Is it possible that I should pretend to be weaker than I am so that people won't feel bad? It's an interesting quandry. I see these people at least once a week, their children are friends with my children. Is it being a bad friend if I over-emphasize how much stronger I've become?
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    Doing what you can do, particularly if you are not straining, is not "showing off" - it is using the gift of your health, the power of your body, the beauty of your soul. If you were an amazing cook, would it be showing off to cook for your friends? If you were an amazing artist, would it be showing off to give a painting to a friend? Your strength is a gift: you are doing right to share it.

    (BTW: I am biased because I am stronger than most women and HATE it when someone assumes I can't carry something because I'm a female. POO on them. It isn't feminism for me: it's self value.)
    4411 days ago
    don't ever pretend to be weaker than you are to accommodate someone else's inferiority. Hopefully this will encourage them to get into better health! =)

    4412 days ago
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