Lately, I’ve been kicking myself a lot. I don’t normally recommend this, as it can be bad for self-esteem, but I’ve been doing it 100 times a day or more, for the past two months, and it feels surprisingly good.
I lie on the bed on my back, put my legs up in the air at 90 degrees, kick upwards towards the ceiling, then slap my heels against my buttocks, lifting my lower back off the bed with the force of my kicks. Kicking myself.
It has strengthened my muscles and I find myself biking up steep hills almost effortlessly, compared to the slog it was before. My legs have tapered and toned, thanks to simply kicking myself every day.
So, you see, things are not always what they seem.
Sync is not the same as sink.
Menopause is not a pause at all, for some, but a full stop (definitely not a period), a meno-fastforward, for others, sometimes a meno-play, and maybe even a meno-rewind, depending on your resources and use of herbs or bio-identical hormones.
Supposedly bad things are not necessarily bad, just as supposedly good things are not necessarily good. So kicking yourself may not be bad, and loving your smart phone may not be good.
Love is not always really love; and need is not always really need but love forgotten.
Anger can be a protective shield for a vulnerable, broken heart, or a dissonant cry for help.
Some people go blind yet see more than those who have sight.
Some lose their hearing yet are more attuned to disharmony around them than those who have heard it all before. Some have perfect hearing yet hear nothing above the din of hearing everything.
Is the world you see really the world you see? How have you come to your senses?
We might try to think outside the box, but sometimes the box is a gift.
We might try to push the envelope when the envelope prefers not to move and just be plain old stationery doing its thing.
Global crises are not necessarily crises but the impetus for us to restore the natural order of things and find a higher way forward.
Global crises are not necessarily crises but the impetus for us to find a higher way forward.
Try kicking yourself, listening to silence, looking at nothing, seeing beyond symptoms, returning to nature, exploring your greatness and playing more as you age.
And consider putting yourself down—for a nap, for volunteer work or for a course in empowerment, self-discovery or meditation—but not putting yourself down and out, as you might sometimes be tempted to do, in these crazy times of manufactured mayhem.
We are wondrous walking, talking units of self-sufficiency, with all the creativity, wisdom, spiritual resources and interconnectedness we could possibly need to make sense of our world, master our bodies and minds, and find our own unique way to thrive. This is a singular, unequivocal, abiding truth. No double entendres, no ambiguity, no doubt whatsoever.
Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise ...or you may end up in your rocking chair in your 80s (maybe even in your 40s), unfulfilled and regretful over things you could have done, things you could have said, a brave stand you could have taken, wisdom you could have shared, healthier choices you could have made, gut instincts you could have heeded… but didn’t.
Then you’d really be kicking yourself.