The first of February I began to workout four mornings a week. Today, I added a new routine on the mat--practicing the bench (Plank) hold. In order to really build strength in my core, it is important to strengthen my core by holding myself up in a plank position for two minutes from arms to toes, and two minutes on each side for three sets. Holding each pose for the first set lasted sixty seconds and gave me a red face. On the second set I began to shake and quiver from tired muscles, so I rolled over and said, "Oh, Well!"
I walked away and began to roll up the mat. Luckily, I have an inner spirit that yelled at me today and said, "It matters. Now get back over there and finish the routine." To my own amazement, I did and like a child, I smiled at myself in accomplishment.
I learned a decade ago that "Oh, Well" demoralizes my golf game and my spirit. It's like the "I can't do it" phrase, and it sets up failure. Now I write single thought words on my golf balls, like "It Matters," "Level Hips," "Swing and Sing," or "Giggle Inside." These are thoughts that keep me focused.
|The Pro giving lessons 1954. MGCC|
I also know how to live with my golf scores. If I am a 10 handicap then I know that on my best day I will hit at least 10 bad shots. Notice, that is on my best day. So on those days when I experience some "Crazy 8's," I can say "Ok," not "Oh, Well." I feel the difference inside of me with the words I chose to say. It Matters.
It matters when I write, even if I've not finished that book. I'm careful to say, "Ok" I can live with this because writing is a process that I practice nearly everyday. The quote above my desk reads, "What lies behind us and what lies before us...are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
I love my brain (most of the time), but it stays in constant motion. When it's good it's really really good, and when it's bad, it splashes in the bottom of a deep black well (Oh, Well.). That is why I've added meditation to my life. I know better than to say that I will meditate everyday because I will fail. Instead, I have agreed with myself to practice mindful meditation at least twice a week. When I meditate more then it's like icing on a cake, and it gives my crazy brain a break.
Our words matter. Let's be kind to ourselves each day.
We all have stories to tell. What words motivate you? You are welcome to leave comments below where the blue words say "comments." Those comments come to me to read before I publish them.