3. Eat mindfully! Now, to be clear, I discovered the importance of mindful eating long before you hit the scene. With the addition of you, however, I began to rush through my self-care (fitness to food) in order to return to you-care. Then you turned three. You began to express a clear opinion as to what you wanted to eat & when you wanted to eat it. You’d share these thoughts (slowly) and happily (slowly) ate what you ‘ordered .’ What did I re-learn from this? You weren’t
The inexplicable chop sticks phase.
4. Wind-down routines ROCK. I’ve always lamented the fact Im a poor sleeper. I’d go to bed different times each night with absolutely, positively no method to my nighttime madness. Id watch TV in bed. I’d check email from bed. I was a wind-down mess. Then you came along. You thrived on routine & practically demanded a strict nighttime regimen. One small deviation from this plan and you’d not fall asleep. What did I learn from this? I need to sleep like a child , too. Ive never slept better.
Pink princess PJs help.
5. If at first you dont succeed—QUIT . I’d known this at one point & somehow forgotten until you dancingly reminded me. You “just knew” you wanted to take ballet. You longed to learn to dance like the ‘pretty ladies.’ You tried, you loathed, you quit, you never looked back. After two classes (the class leaped delicately as instructed over a stuffed bunny. you stopped, KICKED SAID BUNNY, and leaped away) you declared yourself done. You informed me you’d prefer soccer and you’ve never looked back. What did I learn? I re-learned there’s no percentage in sticking with something I know is not a fit for me. I reminded myself I *know* when I long to quit out of fear and when I’m merely
6. Read the wall. This is one we learned together over spring break. Somehow Id forgotten all the lessons Id learned from climbing and needed you to remind me of them. Life can be overwhelming and, at times, I plunge ahead without looking, scanning, planning or preparing. In fitness I’m slowly learning I need to have a plan, too. Spontaneous is great—but only goes so far. I need to look ahead, read the wall, and prepare for what I want to achieve down the road. Muscling my way through works—-but only in the short-term.
"Watch and remember, Mama."
In the moment I couldn’t see any of these concepts being “taught.” It’s only with hindsight I see my greatest teacher is a six year old Tornado.
Have you, too, learned healthy living lessons in surprising places?