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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Monday, June 8, 2015
Monday Musings: a near perfect day!
I've been trying to figure out how to get back to moving my body in a way that will make me stronger and more fit and keep me healthy. Did I mention I hate exercising? Wont go to a gym. Won't use weights. Do NOT want to do squats. My legs are particularly weak. I have a major goal: to be able to squat or kneel and stand up again without holding onto to something.
Last week I checked out two new dance classes. One does choreographed routines to Broadway tunes. Might I say I was in heaven? The other was a tap class (I haven't done tap since I was seven). It was a lot of fun, but more importantly, it worked every part of my leg (ankle, calf, thigh). In fact my thighs are still sore. I decided that doing these dance classes was a way for me to get fit by doing something fun that I enjoy.
My near-perfect day came Saturday at the annual Albuquerque Folk Festival, an event where musicians, dancers, singers, folk artists, etc. gather in one place and hold workshops, concerts, and performances. That morning, I attended my first tap class and in the afternoon participated in two different singing events. One was singing old folk and rock songs from the 50s and 60s (my era) and the other was singing spirituals and world music in three part harmony or three parts. I don't know how this choir director got 30 people who'd never sung together before to do it, but it was beautiful, and spiritual and very moving.
Must remember my near-perfect day when my spirits need lifting. I've decided that retirement should include more of these kinds of things. I'm thinking about joining this chorus, in addition to Sugartime (my singing duo) as well as the two dance classes.
What fills your heart with joy?