Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
– Chinese Proverb
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
~ Anna Quindlen
Have you ever noticed how animals keep fit? My cat Max is in great shape. When he gets up from a nap, he automatically stretches. When he needs to get his ya-yas out, he chases dust bunnies. And he’s certainly strong enough to pounce up his cat tree. He gives his body what it needs, when it needs it. No grueling gym workouts necessary . . .
You are only as young as your spine is flexible. If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.
~ Joseph Pilates
The cure for anything is salt water. Sweat, tears, or the sea.
~ Isak Dinesen
Another way to relax and restore natural breathing patterns is to practice forced breathing. Forced breathing involves consciously squeezing more air out of your lungs by using the muscles between your ribs.
Take a deep breath in through your nose — let it out through your mouth — and as you let it out, squeeze out more air, and more air, and more air, and even more air . . . squeeze it all out! Use your whole belly to continue to press out more air. Then, inhale.
Continue several rounds of forced breathing.
Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete.
~ Chanda Kochhar
Little strokes fell great oaks.
Yesterday we had to make the difficult decision to help our precious 16-year-old dachshund, Coco, cross Rainbow Bridge.
My vet let me hold Coco against my chest as she passed. The last thing she heard were my husband’s and my professions of love. The last thing she felt was the beating of my heart. As soon as she gave her last breath, I felt a lightness.
Free from her failing physical body, she bound over the bridge and back into her sassy spirit. Play ball, my sweet Coco!
When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you approve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not today, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day a time. That’s the only way it happens and when it happens, it lasts.
– John Wooden
By the way, Wooden knew about success, big time. He coached the UCLA men’s basketball team to ten NCAA championship wins in a 12-year period.