Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Some of us are familiar with the Pete Seeger tune popularized by the Byrds sometime in the 60s. Others of us are familiar with the Bible verses found in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3.
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." Don't worry...I'm not setting up to preach here. That's not really my thing. The wisdom of this verse & even the popular song are just resonating with me right now.
I find many of the stereotypes for women are true for me when it comes to my fitness/wellness journey. I have given a large chunk of my life to caring for others. I've been a Mom for 26 years. My former husband wasn't a bad guy. Much of the work that goes into caring for a family & being a part of a family was just not something he signed on for. Whereas I embraced my new roles of wife & mother...he started to withdraw. That season of my life while not without struggle and difficulties was easy to adapt to.
On the other hand is the season of taking care of me. I've gone back to college. I've resolved to REALLY lose the weight...a large amount of it...my 50th birthday is right around the corner & weight loss is already difficult. I certainly don't want to wait until it's even harder. August/September is one of my favorite times of the year. It ranks with Christmas & my birthday in fact. There is a certain feeling in the air. Yes, the temperatures are cooling, but it's more than that. It's a feeling of newness & expectation & HOPE! Yes, hope! The kids go back to school with new clothes & shoes & bookbags. They are ready physically & one would hope intellectually to open their minds & embrace new teachings.
I'm trying. I have all of the lessons in front of me. I have all of the teachings from some of the BEST teachers...those who have gone before me & have successfully done what I want to do. But the lessons are HARD. Change is HARD. Heels get dug in & the mind starts to play tricks on you. Some are subtle. Some are not. Oh it's Monday...you don't weigh in until Saturday...you can have this one little "whatever". LOL! If only that ever worked!!!
So I am letting the HOPE & the excitement & the new-ness wrap around me. Each day is a new day full of promise. I can succeed each & every day. I can put ME in the forefront. I can exercise & eat better & move more. It is my season to do so!!!