“Don’t go through life, grow through life.” – Eric Butterworth
I find yoga classes at a new studio in town inspiring on many levels. Often the instructor asks you to set an intention for the day. This morning, I wanted to find a connection for today’s blog topic. Tawna, a gifted instructor guided us through a gentle vinyasa while giving insightful messages about yoga, our bodies and life. She talked about our concern with anti-aging. Similar to the seasons, we change and grow. If we let go of physical changes when we age, it allows us to grow our mind and spirit. “Don’t live with regrets, move forward.” Her mature wisdom at a young age is refreshing and impressive.
Oprah asked Michelle Obama why she chose the title: Becoming for her memoir. She told Oprah it’s silly to ask children what they want to be when they grow up because we continue to grow in adulthood. “For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
The physical aspects of aging can be difficult, so I prefer celebrating opportunities to learn more, become a better person, growing older gracefully and graciously.
Life does change us physically, mentally and emotionally, and how we personally choose to react to those changes is what makes us grow. Some changes are temporary and others are permanent. Accepting the permanent changes has been an internal growth saga for me… but I am gratefully enjoying just being able to grow!
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So nice to see your note, Sue! Yes, I look at all of those physical changes and know all of life’s experiences brought me to where I am today – peaceful, content and grateful 💖