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Tao Porchon-Lynch

Saturday, December 14, 2019

I’ve been noticing that I wake up every morning with a slight feeling of grumpiness/apprehension. Well, I can’t help what thoughts come into my mind as soon as I wake up, but I can decide what to do with them.

This morning I saw a photo of Tao Porchon-Lynch on my Facebook feed. She’s a yoga teacher who is 101 years old. I usually pay little attention to what appears on my Facebook page, and although it’s not the first time she’s appeared, this time she caught my attention, and I washed the dishes watching YouTube videos of her. She’s had a fascinating life, and she’s one of those Pollyanna types who are adorable rather than unbelievable - like the actual Pollyanna herself. When she wakes up in the morning, she thinks, “This is going to be the best day of my life.”

She wears colors I love: pinks, purples, reds, and she has long red fingernails and wears high heels - those, I’m not going to emulate - the heels, I mean - but I wouldn’t mind long pink fingernails if I could maintain them.

A slight change of subject. I went to an end-of-year party with colleagues this week. I was amazed by the physical challenges some of them have, despite being ten or more years younger than me - challenges which are not lifestyle-related - just very bad luck. I went home not feeling like grousing to myself about my sore bunions - the reason I’ve given up heels. In fact, for the first time in a very long time, I’d drunk a lot of beer and floated painlessly to the station without grousing about the long dreary walk either.

After two end-of-year celebrations, I’m out of the maintenance challenge but I don’t care. I’ll soon be back on it.
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    I truly believe -- there is a time for feasting and a time for fasting. So happy you experienced the joy of the celebrations!!

    And as a person who trends towards the Pollyanna end of the spectrum myself (can be VERY annoying, I know!!) it's nice to hear about Tao Porchon -Lynch!!
    59 days ago
    We do believe what we tell ourselves. Lady Tao sounds like a fascinating person.
    No high heels here either. Currently there is truce between my bunions and me, but it doesn't take much to upset that balance. But yes, there certainly are those with much greater challenges. I try to remind myself of that when I'm having a bleak moment.
    Sounds like you enjoyed your end of year celebrations. Wonderful!

    67 days ago
    LOL - boy do I hear ya - about sliding out of anything maintenance challenging when the parties fill up the calendar.

    How wonderful to see someone who really does start the day with that up-beat attitude. 101 years old. whew. Speaks well for practicing yoga. Which I do so sporadically I am almost unable to claim it. But I know it's there - just waiting for me to pick it up again.

    68 days ago
    Sounds like you had a great time!
    Tao Porchon-Lynch looks amazing, I would feel lucky if I was in such a great state and spirit at the age of 80, not to mention 101 ; )

    69 days ago
    That woman does indeed seem like an inspiration!
    69 days ago
    I just love your phrasing, that you "floated painlessly to the station." That just made me smile! It sounds like you had a pleasant evening. It must have been a little troubling to hear of others' physical challenges, though. Bunions or not, Margaret, you are quite a trooper, and I admire your stamina and your determination to stay active.

    Tao Porchon-Lynch is amazing!
    69 days ago
    What an amazing woman. I gave up on long nails long ago but wear bright colours and maintain body and spirit by moving.
    I owe so much to the surgeon and his team who "fixed"'s that which keeps me motivated and friends on sparks.

    Glad you enjoyed the party Margaret.

    Have a great week emoticon
    70 days ago
    high heels and long pink fingernails at 101? I can't handle them at 76! I cannot wear any of my heels without having sore feet, and my nails need a lot of work.

    Glad you enjoyed the party, and hope the rest of the holidays go smoothly. I hope you will be seeing your grandson.
    70 days ago
    I try not to get out of bed until I can find something positive to start my day. Sometimes it takes half the morning!
    70 days ago
    Sometimes we find inspiration in unlikely places! Good for you for practicing gratitude!
    70 days ago
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