Keep on Dancing

I recently had the privilege of attending my mother in law’s 80th birthday party.  This was a party which she chose to have for herself, and threw it herself.

One of the themes which seemed to arise was her love for dancing.  It was on a gift which we chose to get her and several people at the party spoke of her love for dancing.

My mother in law called me this morning.  She said to me, “If someday my legs can’t do it I hope my spirit is always able to dance.”


Doesn’t this make you stop in your tracks?

My mother in law has not had the easiest life.  I won’t go into details but believe me on this.   She could have thrown in the towel years ago.  However, at the age of 80 to throw a party for herself, to have people in her life who enrich her life so greatly…and then…..

“If someday my legs can’t do it I hope my spirit is always able to dance.”

I have written on here about my relationship with running.  I call my runs “trots” because I am by far, the worst runner in the world but somehow get myself from point A to point B.  Slowly.   However, isn’t it about the spirit and act of moving forward, to working towards a goal and crossing your own finish line, whatever it may be, the best part of it all?

I hope I am able to remember her words.  Keep that spirit.  And continue to think as she thinks at her ripe age of 80.

For you dear reader, I hope that your spirit is always able to dance.  Keep pushing forward.  It is worth it.



The Balancing Act

The past few weeks have been busy.  I am now settled into my new office and am really enjoying the space.  Feedback on furniture has been good which makes me pleased since so much thought and energy was directed into making my new setup an experience which people will feel good about being in.

One of the things in settling in and settling down which has sparked my thoughts is about how much energy to devote to things.  The analogy I often think of and describe to people is that of a good old fashioned balance scale.  If too much is on one side it dips too low, if too much is on the other side it will also be unbalanced.  I look at life as I look at a balance scale, how can I stay as even or close to the middle as possible?

One strategy I have been trying to adhere to is keeping an eye on my own energy levels.  What are the things which are making me dip too low?  What is bringing an unevenness or lack of balance to my life?  Then, what can I do to attempt to make things more balanced?

I think that this requires a good deal of introspection and constant monitoring.  I am attempting to continue to work on this so I can be the best person I can possibly be.  Monitoring myself and my eb and flow of things will continue to be part of what keeps me in the best shape possible.

What are some tactics you use to balance yourself?  I would love to hear things which are helpful to you in a continued effort to learn and grow.

Until next time.