Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015 SOLSC 26/31: Exercise

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, Beth, and Anna
for hosting this meeting place each day in March
                                                   and for nurturing our writing lives.

The bloggers at Spiritual Journey Thursday are            
writing about the spiritual focus of our community's   
One Little Words.  This week, we are writing about 
Mary Hill's OLW, EXERCISE.  Thanks to Holly Mueller
for hosting this group each Thursday.  

Writing this post is my own little exercise this morning.  I spend far more time writing my posts this year than in previous years.  Maybe it's because I'm retired, maybe it's because I don't want to do the other things on my "to do" list, maybe it's because I revel in having a bit more expendable time.  

But today is a busy day, and I know I'll feel better if I exercise my writing muscles and write quickly before the commitments of the day fill my agenda and life.

I know that when I exercise my spiritual muscles through prayer, scripture study, and reflection, that these moments will enrich the rest of my day.

I know that when I exercise my body, I feel good.  I can check that little item off the list, but even more it clears my head and affects my mood in positive ways.  

So if I know that exercising my writing muscles, my spiritual muscles, and my physical muscles is so good for me, why do I find it so hard to follow through and do? And why if I'm doing better at one of them (writing every day this month), do the other exercises tend to slacken?  I remind myself that in any exercise regimen, it's important to stretch.  So I'm cutting short today's post so that I can stretch my spiritual muscles before the demands of the day cut into my precious prayer and reflection time.  

I'll close with a quote that I kept posted in my classroom and that now graces my bulletin board:  

"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still."
-Chinese proverb

with my adaptation for Mary's OLW, exercise:
"Be not afraid of exercising slowly, be afraid only of not exercising at all."  


  1. Thanks for this quick note - I love both the Chinese proverb and also yours. I often feel the same way.

  2. I think I need to adopt your motto, Ramona - my fibromyalgia has wiped out all desire to exercise - but I know I must. Slowly. Thank you.

  3. I am starting to feel the pull that I must get out for some exercise. I think I will begin slowly, then see where it goes. Thanks for the push.

  4. Your quick thoughtful slice encourages exercising various muscles. I agree that some exercises are easier than others.

  5. Ramona, I love your spin on the proverb.It's a good reminder!