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  • One of my intentions for 2015 was, simply, to “Be”. Well, I’m happy to say, I have done more of that these first four days of the year than I probably did in all of 2014. For someone like me, that is a hell of lot harder than it sounds. I only even ventured out of the house twice in these four days, each time to make a quick run to the grocery store in town, then right back home. The cold was persisting, and I wanted to give myself every opportunity to get over it. I was now depending solely on lots of rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating oranges and chicken noodle soup. I’m no longer trusting cold medicine. That’s what helped put me in the hospital early New Years morning in the first place. No mas!

    But, there’s only so much “be”-ing that one can stand! I’m sorry, but I need to move!

    Much of how I normally operate is based on motion. A lesson I learned as I was approaching age 50 was, you have to move it or you'll lose it. I learned that from a yoga instructor. So, I started moving it, and found that the more I moved, the more energy I had. I started by moving more, physically. Kathy gave me a fitness center membership as a Valentine’s Day present, and I began going there early in the morning before going to work, everyday. I would work out, and then swim in their great pool. This would give me so much energy coming into each day! That was also the year I began playing competitive softball again. I got in so much better shape, physically, than I’d been in years, and each year, as I progressed through my 50’s, I actually felt younger. That happens when you start getting used to running around like a kid all the time. You start thinking younger, too, and using parts of the brain that had begun to atrophy.
  • Beginning with a writer’s workshop at the Navy Memorial on Memorial Day in 2010, where I was inspired to begin writing again, I started to write on a more regular basis than I had in years. I became a regular writer for the memorial’s Navy Log Blog, covering all kinds of different events and writing about them. This whetted my appetite for writing – I wanted to write more, and expand the subject matter of my writing. Then, I was introduced to Cowbird by my executive coach in March, 2012. This got me doing a lot more reading and writing than I’ve done – probably ever. Just like physical motion, the more you exercise your mental capacity, the broader your mental bandwidth becomes.

    For me, physical and mental motion go hand in hand. I think better if I’m getting my physical exercise in. If I cheat on it, in favor of sitting around writing and reading more, my energy level wanes, and my capacity for reading and writing subsequently suffers. So I try to strike a balance between the two.

    These first four days of the year have had very little motion going on. I can’t remember the last time I watched so much tube. I’ve done some reading, but I find myself getting tired quickly when I do read. It’s been raining a lot, and with the cold continuing to linger, I haven’t been up to swimming out back. I’ve just been. Be. Blah. Bored out of my ever-loving skull!

    Today, I didn’t even get up until 9:00 am, sleeping a good 9 ½ hours. I had very little energy upon arising. When I put the dogs out, it was pouring down rain. I just wanted to go back to bed. Another blah day. But, as the morning progressed, the rain stopped, it warmed up to the 50’s, and I felt well enough to join Kathy out back in the jacuzzi, and then the swim spa. After 4 days of nothing, it felt so good to actually be swimming again! I could feel the mental cobwebs getting shaken off as I shook the water off my hair, getting out of that pool.

    I finally feel like I’m about ready to get back to my accustomed level of motion and energy. It’s time to start moving it again. Now that I’ve got “be”-ing out of the way, I have a lot of other things on that Intention List that I want to start attending to. I’ll tell you what, folks - “Be”-ing is not all it’s cracked up to be!
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    Photo Credits: Ali Inay, Alexandr Schwarz, and Artur Pokusion respectively, courtesy of Unsplash.com
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