Share four Somethings – July Edition

Something Loved

Meditations in Motion

This is the group of friends I spent the weekend with in Pittsburgh this month. I was the photographer, so I am not in this picture. These are some of my oldest and dearest friends. We have known each other since we were all young married couples struggling to raise a bunch of kids on shoestring budgets and making our own brand of inexpensive fun.

Meditations in Motion

We had a wonderful trip. We rode the incline, went to two baseball games, ate a lot of good food, and laughed a lot. This group of friends has been together long enough to know each other’s weaknesses and still love each other. We celebrate our strengths and accept the weaknesses.

Something Said

Meditations in Motion

I wrote a post about signing students’ yearbooks when I was a chemistry teacher. I always wanted to write something special, unique and inspiring for each student to show how much I enjoyed working with them and to inspire them to live their best life.

By the time the end of the year rolled around, we knew each other pretty well, my students and I. Our relationship had developed over nine months of laughter, tears, frustration, elation, and triumph. And I’m sure the students had some feelings about those nine months too!

I finally found a quote by Marianne Williamson that expressed my feelings. My entries in students’ yearbooks usually consisted of a portion of the following quote and one unique, personal observation about the student; something that I liked or admired about that boy or girl. My deepest hope is that those students are now allowing their own light to shine brightly in a world that can sometimes be dark.

Meditations in Motion

Something Learned

Meditations in Motion

I learned how small tweaks can result in big changes, both in athletic endeavors and in other areas of life.

A lifeguard at the rec center pool where I swim laps befriended me. She gave me laminated swimming workouts and helped me with my form. I made some adjustments and began swimming a little bit faster, but I was never a really great swimmer. Then I made one small adjustment which made all the difference in the world. I started driving my hips forward with each stroke.

That one small adjustment took 10 seconds off my lap time and changed my perceived exertion level from a seven (out of 10) to a four. It made me wonder what other areas of my life could benefit from a small adjustment.

I decided to tweak my practices in gratitude, encouragement, and love to see how I could improve in those areas.

What do you think? Are there small tweaks that you could make in your workouts or in other areas of your life that would make a big difference to you or those around you? It may be a simple as remembering “drive your hips forward“.

Something Read

Meditations in Motion

Cora, a blogger whose writing I love, asked me if I had ever read any books by Anne Lamott. Amazingly, I had not. I immediately ordered Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy for my e-reader and began reading that night. I also ordered two more Lamott books in print form, my preferred method of reading.

How have I not read any of Lamott’s books before? I loved the wisdom, insight, and humor in this slim non-fiction book. Her exposition on mercy turned on all the lights in my brain. My only regret was that I bought the e-reader version. There were so many pithy sections that I wanted to highlight with my trusty yellow highlighter for further pondering, so many lines I wanted to quote.

Here is one of the best:

Kindness toward others and radical kindness to ourselves buy us a shot at a warm and generous heart, which is the greatest prize of all. Do you want this, or do you want to be right? Well, can I get back to you on that?

I want to want this softening, this surrender, this happiness. Can I get a partial credit for that? The problem is, I love to be, and so often am, right.

Ouch! This hits uncomfortably close to home.

I highly recommend this book, which I read in two consecutive evenings. I could not put it down and hated to see it end. It is one of those books I will go back to again and again. I am so grateful to Cora for introducing me to Anne.

I am linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for their Weekly Wrap, Shank You Very Much for her Dream Team, and Heather Gerwing for her “Four Somethings”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27 comments

  1. Loved this post…. The quote you used from Marianne Williamson is one of my favorite. Nelson Mandela used it in his inaugural speech. The quote from the book about our need to be right sadly hits home too…

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  2. Thanks for the suggestion. I may post my four too.

    I have a similar group of friends that I have know for a very long time. We are very different but accept each other’s faults and enjoy each other’s company.

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  3. Oh yes, that need to be right. I do struggle with that a lot. I guess most of us do!

    It’s nice that you have such a core group of friends. We don’t move around a lot, but we have lived in 4 different states so far . . . so I’d say that we don’t really have that core group. Which can be hard. I’ve made good friends here but my husband hasn’t really. It’s hard as you get older!

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    • I read the book on Mercy, then one of her fiction books. I liked the Hallelujah one much better the fiction. I am now starting “Grace Eventually”. I will check out “Bird by Bird”. Thank you for the recommendation!

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  4. Thank you for sharing the Williamson quote. I’ve heard it but didn’t know where it was from. I’ve read a couple of Lamott books and have enjoyed them as well. I also prefer my nonfiction as a physical book so I can underline and easily refer back to sections. 🙂

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  5. We were in Pittsburgh for a couple days this month and did the incline too. How fun! I have heard wonderful things about Anne Lamott, and yet I still have not read any of her words, I need to rectify that. Thanks for linking up!

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  6. It’s wonderful you took the time to write something meaningful in your students’ yearbooks. I think we can get overwhelmed when contemplating big changes. So it’s a great point you make about small tweaks. Tiny adjustments can make huge differences! Thanks for linking.

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  7. One time when I was injured and couldn’t run, I tried swimming. Like you, the lifeguard took the time to give me some tips on swimming. It helped but I never really fell in love with swimming!

    I’ve read a few of Anne Lamott’s books and loved them.

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    • When I was a teacher, I only read in the summertime. During the school year, I couldn’t find the time to read. I am sure you are busy, with little time for reading what with all the running, and swimming! 🙂

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