Want to get in shape physically AND spiritually? Take Rosie’s Gratitude Walk!

We know we need to keep moving.

We know we need more contentment in our life.

So why not channel my vivacious mother in law, Rosemarie (AKA Rosie), age 79, and take a Gratitude Walk each morning?

First, get up as early as you can. And get out the door before your brain has a chance to notify your body that there’s the option of sleeping in.

Then consider Rosie’s Routine –

Rosemarie starts by saying, “Thank you, Father. ” (She tells me, “Since I never really had an earthly father, this small phrase touches my heart in a deep manner.”)

Then she may sing a hymn such as “It is Well with my Soul”  or “How Great Thou Art.”

As she walks around her neighborhood, Rosemarie notices the beauty that surrounds her.  (And there is always beauty to be acknowledged….a blade of grass, a leaf, a squirrel…even the rain and wind are cause for a grateful heart.)

Rosemarie thanks God that she is able to walk and prays for those who can’t.

Then she names each family member and expresses gratitude for that person being part of her life.  She asks God to bless everyone spiritually, physically, and financially.

She expresses her thanks for God’s protection.

She tells God how grateful she is that she has a relationship with him and that she is aware of his love and presence.

She expresses gratitude for our country.

And she asks for angels to be with us.

 

When she returns to her apartment, Rosemarie is refreshed spiritually and physically.

 

So, ready to take the challenge?  How about incorporating a Gratitude Walk for the next 10 days?

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we can always walk around our house or apartment, humming a hymn, and raising our hands in thanks. (Here in Chicago, mid-April has brought snow —  in response to which a recent Facebook post read, “April, you’re drunk!  It’s time to go home!”)

Personally, my first thank-you will be to God for giving me a mother in law who models resilient faith, abundant love, authentic joy, and self-deprecating humor.

God bless you, Rosie!  And keep walking!

Today’s Takeaway:

As we celebrate Passover and Easter (at the same time this year) let us be thankful for all that we have.  Our families, first and foremost, great friends, love, and good health.

Barclay and I thank each and every one of you for your support, your belief in us, and your devotion to what we write. They are our most personal thoughts and musings as we navigate this retirement road of life.

Reflect, walk, and listen to Rosie!  Wisdom comes from living a life well lived!

Enjoy the Ride!

xox Barclay & Joy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Moving!

Peggy was ahead of her time.  Back in the day when women weren’t supposed to sweat, she was dripping wet every morning.  “Barclay,” she’d say. “You must get out of breath once a day.”  Her Bible was the Royal Canadian Air Force Exercise Plans for Physical Fitness.  Naturally she did her sit ups, push ups, jumping jacks in heels.    

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Peggy kept her slim figure intact until the very end.  Even when restricted to her bed, she arranged for a physical trainer to bring over weights and beach balls.   I suspect she was wearing heels under the covers.

“You just have to keep moving!” she’d declare. 

Now the downside to all this is that I grew up to be an exercise fiend.  I completed 15 marathons, played tennis 4-5 times a week, biked, took hot yoga — and sweated my way right into an eating disorder that can still rear its ugly head.  

But Mom was right.  Exercise is key to warding off depression, staying fit, producing endorphins, rebooting energy levels, combating disease. And if it’s a social thing, all the better.  Whereas my mom was relegated to the bedroom (the only acceptable form of exercise for a 1950s female was vacuuming), my world expanded through exercise.    

I met my husband and secured 2 jobs on a tennis court; my ladies doubles group has sprouted a wine group; and  during my brief and unspectacular hockey career, I encountered fascinating women from different backgrounds and orientations. 

So let’s follow Peggy’s advice and keep moving!  Just not in heels!

 

Today’s Takeaway –

 

  • Discover a new sport.  Consider Pickleball — it’s easy to learn and cheap.   It’s the fastest growing racket sport and has Baby Boomer written all over it.

 

  • After exercise, stick around for an adult beverage.  Your workout can lead to friendships you didn’t anticipate with people you wouldn’t otherwise encounter.

 

 

Enjoy the ride!

xox, Barclay and Joy