Before I Speak…

Yesterday…I got caught up in a situation…when…someone else…reacted…to a situation…by…becoming…Chicken Little

The sky is falling…the sky is falling…

When…in fact…acorns were merely landing on their head…

Of course…I had a choice…join in the march to tell the King…or…stay at home and see what happened…

Unfortunately…I was off to see the King…wearing my best ruby red slippers…just in case he was a Wizard

When all was said and done…there was a lot of egg…on a lot of faces…and…yes…even though I was in the back of the line…some of it splattered on me…

Bertha…didn’t show up until after the…parade…was over…then…she reminded me…what I learned during years of management positions…be proactive…not…reactive

But…had to ask…how could I be proactive in this situation…it was one of those things that just blindside me…it wasn’t even an oak tree…no one could have seen the acorn coming…

That’s when she reminded me…that…being proactive…does mean…planning ahead…figuring out the what-ifs…making contingencies…but…when…things happen that are outside of my plan…I can still be proactive…if I just practice what…Mama…has told me all of my life…

Think…first…act…later

Oh…well…yeah…that…

Kabong

That’s the sound of me thinking…

Jane

It’s All in the Rest…

As you probably already know…I’ve started a strength training program…which means…I eat, breathe and sleep strength training…literally…from all I’ve read…and that would be a lot…the results of working out with weights come in two phases…

Phase one…the workout…stressing the muscles…causes tiny tears…breaks down the muscle tissue…so to speak…interestingly…although it is a vital part of the process…this isn’t the phase that actually makes you stronger…

So…if the actual lifting of the weight doesn’t make you stronger…what does…

Ahhh…that would be phase two…the critical step…rest…you see…it’s that day or two of rest in between sessions…that allows the muscle tissue to regenerate…and…you guessed it…become stronger…

So as counterintuitive as it feels…when I’m chomping at the bits to get even faster results…and hit the gym again…the day after a great workout…is not the time to push it…it’s the day to get plenty of sleep…stay active but not lifting weights…eat well…and give the muscles time to do what they need to do…repair themselves…

Bertha…is proud of me for learning this lesson…and taking my rest days…but…she has related it to my life as a whole…reminding me…it isn’t a crisis that makes me strong…it is what I do between crises…that actually makes me stronger and able to handle the next stress when it comes up…

That’s why she says the practices that I do…reading inspirational books…prayer…meditation…contemplation…saying the forgiveness prayer…Reiki…laughing…spending time with loved ones…enjoying life…are all so important…they actually regenerate my life…giving me the strength to handle the next thing that comes up…

I guess…I’d never thought about it in just that way…I always thought it was the crisis that made me stronger…not the other way around…

Hmmm…something to contemplate…on my day of rest

Jane