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I’m taking this one literally. Over the years my body has learnt to function sub-optimally. The other day I was doing a somatic exercise on one side of my body (not the other). Afterwards I stood in a very new way. The connection of hip to ground on the worked side was so noticeable compared to the unworked side.
That’s very interesting, Malag.
I am learning to calm my mind in the face of challenges. Focus on the things that are in my control, and deciding my best response (if any is needed) for the things that are not in my control.
Patience, patience; and the remembrance of wise slogans
As a recovering people-pleaser, recent challenges have taught me how to set healthy boundaries, and to stand up for myself when those boundaries are crossed. I am very grateful to have learned this life lesson.
By literally asking myself, “what am I standing on?” Meaning, what thought, emotion, feeling and asking why.
This question brings emotions to the fore that I would rather forget. Challenges have left me bruised and scarred and often fearful but I learnt I was far more resilient that I realised. I learnt that you need to listen to yourself and your body and sometimes it is braver to admit you have to give up than to try to keep going. I learnt that many things can be endured and that there is always something to be learnt from a situation. I think I now stand bigger, better and stronger due to my challenges although it may not always feel that way! I am also marginally better at asking for help and not trying to do everything! And I have learnt to stand for what I think is right, rather than trying (and failing) to please everyone. I am definitely more understanding of people in the same position – I can stand with them. I think the saying goes, before I was sympathetic, now I am empathetic. At school we teach that life doesn’t always go as you want/plan but it is how you deal with that that matters. I think my challenges have helped me really understand that and be proud of how I have dealt with them. I can stand with my head high!
“sometimes it is braver to admit you have to give up than to try to keep going.” So true, sb!
I have learned ( but not yet mastered) to pause when a challenge is presented, but not react. I find that if/when I react immediately (and emotionally) to a challenge, the result is not what I’m going for. But when I pause and breathe…I am able to react more logically.
My memory losses in aging are tormenting me at the moment – I was in the middle of doing something when I got distracted and couldn’t remember WHAT I was doing, but I thought I had copied something before I got distracted. So I opened a new doc and PASTED this! –
“We must reject not only the stereotypes that others hold of us, but also the stereotypes that we hold of ourselves. – SHIRLEY CHISHOLM”
Such a wonderful quote. 👍🏾
Challenges have taught me to stand on my right foot only. And on my left foot only. And occasionally I stand on my head. 🙂
The hard challenges in my life taught me to live alone and know myself more by doing things which i love but i was not implying in my life …… and also taught me that it’s good to cry in alone it will relax you more from within and prepare you for next challenges with more energy and mental toughness….
Recent challenges have taught me to stand tall with my new found inner strength and courage, wisdom and knowledge.
Reflecting on challenges makes me stand taller, realizing I am much stronger than I think I am in most moments.
Challenges are teaching me to say no to what keeps me small and resigned, and more determined to go for what makes me a happier, more open and more joyful person.
I am visiting friends and family in New Jersey. Kind of running away from an overwhelming, discouraging situation where I currently live.
I am nurturing myself, and allowing myself to feel delighted and loved and at ease with people I love, and who love me. Took a glorious, early morning bike ride today with my sister, after not seeing family for over a year. Am loving it!
I hope you get to recharge your batteries, Maeve. 🙂
An answer came to me, but I doubted whether I would give it. It brings me to a deep emotion. Now I’ll do it anyway. Here with you I feel and am safe. It is a text that my husband had selected for his funeral card. The last months of his life were a big challenge for us, and we read this every day.
While in life’s see we are sailing,
Toward the goal of our souls desire,
We must part by all that meets us,
And patiently always aspire,
Let our hearts as compass guide us,
And the boat our faith will steer,
Day or night through the wind or storm,
We must row and need not fear.
Sufi Inayat Khan
Thank you for sharing that – it’s beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.
Challenges have taught me to stand taller (I am 5’1″) both figuratively and literally. I have always felt small, insignificant, unheard, unseen. I had to learn to speak up and speak out for myself and for what I value. Sometimes that came out a little too strongly as I was learning – it came out harshly, aggressively, and in ways I did not perceive, but as others took as defiant. I am finally learning to stand as I am, I hope. Age and experience are wonderful teachers if I will listen and abide.
Rosa Parks, civil rights leader, 5’3″
Ruth Ginsberg, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 5’1/2″
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, sex educator and former Israeli commando, 4’7″
Harriet Tubman, spy, liberator, 5’2″
Coco Chanel, fashion magnate, 5’5″
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, 5’5″
Queen Victoria of the British Empire, 5′
Amy Tan, author, 5’2″
Indira Ghandi, former Prime Minister, India, 5’3″
Madame Curie, scientist, 5′
Frida Kalo, artist, 5’3″
Michelle Kwan, figure skater, 2x Olympic medalist, 5’2″
Malala Yousafzai, Pakastani activist for female education, 5’3″
Lady Gaga, musician, 5’1″
Dolly Parton, musician, 5′
Kamala Harris, current U.S. Vice President, 5’2″
You go, girl!
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