It's important to give yourself a gold star. Recognizing your achievements--big and small--is an important part of honoring who you are. Gold stars have the powerful effect of undermining and dethroning all the critical stuff you've heard about yourself.
It's a rainy morning out there, and I am still trying to figure out what to do today. Had such a nice time at the new center yesterday. I exercised, met some new friends, and had a wonderful lunch. I don't remember being made to feel so welcome in the old place. Hubby told me I should stick with this new center since I was so happy with it, and forget about the other one, but I think one day a week to see my friends. I was only going to attend on Wednesdays because I do enjoy the new art class, but I may go today as well. They'd planned a trip in the new center, and balance class is going to be canceled. Speaking of exercise....
It's been such a long time I did any 'real' exercise, and I have NEVER participated in an exercise class. Usually my exercises included a few jumping jacks and some sit-ups, and those were done many, many years ago. In recent years, my only exercise was walking, and I haven't done much of that anymore. So, I wasn't very limber to say the least. But I think I did pretty well considering. I did feel a charlie horse coming on when we began exercising our calves and my toes started to spasm when we did our foot exercises, but I worked my way through it.
And by the time the music came on, and it was time to begin some mild aerobics, she'd say 'left leg to the side', and I'd put my right leg out. They were moving so fast I just couldn't keep up, and it didn't help that my back was killing me. But, the important thing is not HOW I did it, but the fact that I actually completed the one hour of exercise. I am so proud of myself.
In all honesty, it has been a long time since I actually felt that sense of accomplishment. It makes you feel good when you do things for yourself. It makes you feel better and want to achieve more things. And with that, I will leave you with the following little tale from "Seeing with Our Souls"....
A seeker searched for years to know the secret of achievement and success in human life. One night in a dream a sage appeared bearing
the answer to the secret.
The sage said simply: "Stretch out your hand and reach what you can."
"No, it can't be that simple," the seeker said.
And the sage said softly, "You are right, it is something harder. It is
this: Stretch out your hand and reach what you cannot."
Now that's vision.