Know your limit... Play within in it...
Now that I am in my 60s I notice my body is demanding I
make different decisions regarding my physical activities... As I
listen to my body’s messages I realize it is time to be more
respectful of its abilities and limitations...
As a child, I had a physical challenge which affected my
ability to walk... resulting in several years of surgery and
adjustments. I had been advised to limit running activities which
seemed a small price to pay for my mobility, however, in my 30’s I
discovered the joy of running and began playing Squash as well.
For the next 12 years I used these activities as a way of
releasing stress; until one day, like a little puppet whose
strings are cut, I dropped to the floor... I then realized why the
advice regarding running activities had been given. Sadly, my
running and squash days ended and I was left wondering what now...
I discovered hiking was a great replacement and began once
again to make unrealistic demands... rather than going for a good
1 hour hike – I’d head out for 5+ hours and return in pain... I
was unwilling to accept my limitation even though after an
extended hike it could take me days/weeks to recover... I did
finally realize a short hike meant I could go out again the next
day... I’m a slow learner when it comes to my body I guess...
My ego says... “What’s the big deal – go out and do it...”
My body say... “Hold on a minute...”
I am listening to my body now rather than the athlete
within me who is still addicted to the rush of the game... I enjoy
playing and intend to play and be healthy for many years ahead...
Being understanding of my own physical limitations is the key...
I’ll admit there are days when I look at my runners and feel the
urge to take flight, however, I remind myself of the crash that
can occur and release myself from my ego’s demand...
I have accepted my limit and am playing within it...
Life is good – my body is healthy... I ask you to take a look at
your own self talk – are you in the ego’s grip or are you making
loving supportive decisions... find a physical activity that
supports your whole being and enjoy healthy, happy play time.
Make reasonable choices
Listen to my body’s messages
Welcome new ways of playing and enjoying life
And so it is...
Liz Robitaille is an internationally
recognized Louise L. Hay teacher and founder of Wisdom is Within
Coaching. She can be reached at 877-986-5321 or
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