Today I just wanted to lounge in bed. Actually every morning I have to be a leader to myself in order to get my day started with exercise. Today was no exception. Finally, after much debating why I should or should not go to my yoga class,
I propelled myself into forward motion and went. Yeah!
There is a beautiful woman named June who works out at my gym every day. When I go at 8:00 a.m., she’s there. June is always well groomed with a touch of lipstick, delicate earrings, and a twinkle in her eyes. I fascinate myself with observing her commitment to her daily workout. I assume it’s daily because whenever I’m at the gym, she’s there.
Today I was compelled to speak with her after class. I told her how beautiful she was and what an inspiration she has been to me when I go to the gym and see her all ready for her workout – two days it’s yoga, two days weights and cardiovascular, and one day pilates. She said everyday she has to talk herself into going, but knows that when she finishes, she feels good. That is what motivates her.
I asked her if I could ask a personal question. She said yes. I then asked her age. In Los Angeles no one wants to tell their age. She had no such reservations. She replied that she was 95 and will be 96 in June.
After my talk with June, I walked home designing a new approach to beginning my day. I’d like all of you to do the same. Let’s think about making a commitment to ourselves to feel good every day by doing the things that are good for us. Let’s take on June’s approach: a twinkle in our eyes and a commitment to give ourselves a workout (or whatever it is that empowers us) that lets our bodies and minds know we care. How can you take some of June’s actions to bring fulfillment and thereby bring beauty into your life? Who knows…you may be 96 going to the gym having someone writing about you.
By the way, June does every posture in yoga and pilates and all of the exercises in the cardio class. She has designed modifications for her workouts so that she does not injure herself. She is not there to show off or compete but to honor herself by giving her body and mind the fuel that they need for the day.
Please post a comment and let me know how June has added to your beauty. I will be sure to tell her when I see her at the gym.