If you are noticing age related decline, then your initiation into your later years has begun. It is an invitation to rethink your life. Perhaps this re-think began during the pandemic, as mine did. Being forced to slow down, I realized how tiring it had been to keep my life in constant motion, staying up with the lifestyle a younger me had chosen.
In 2020, with the closure of gyms, many people switched to walking. Even hard core exercisers learned to love walking, one male writer dubbing it “the superior form of exercise”. Walking is Covid-safe, hassle free, and expands to fit the time you have. Fitness, therapy, entertainment, and transportation rolled into one.
As I watched Greta Thunberg in conversation with the Dalai Lama last weekend, I heard him say “Our enemy is our greatest teacher.” Although I’ve heard this before, it struck deeply.
My mind leaped to the news reports of our county’s political convulsions, violent images, bodies clashing.
I feel a visceral reaction – confusion, anxiety, anger. Washington, D.C. is my home town.
My hand slipped off the wet edge of the hot tub this morning. I tumbled to the ground.
My ribs weren’t happy with me. “Why didn’t you look where you were going?” they admonished me. “It’s important to pay attention, especially in transitions.“
We are invited in many ways to be the change we want to see in the world.
Wear a mask. Drive courteously. Wait your turn. Don’t interrupt. Pick up litter. Leave only footprints. Plant trees. Do unto others.
Life is a Creative Act
Daily we make and remake our world, our relationships, our bodies, ourselves. Each moment is an invitation to choice. To yes or no. To empowerment.
This week I’ve been watching the VERGE Conference draw together 10,000 of the brightest minds from business, technology, and sustainability to collaborate internationally on building a healthier future - the greatest human imperative and endeavor.