Flipping Like a Gymnast

The other day, Z caught me watching videos of Simone Biles. What an incredible athlete! We talked a little about what it would be like to do that, to move like that – those high, compact flips. What would it feel like? What does she see? Then I wondered if we were too tall. For a …

Pinterest Fails and Having Honest Friends

Not too long ago, a friend was kvetching about a woman she knew. This woman had low standards: she’d volunteer to do something, like bake cupcakes for a bake sale or do decorations for some party, and would do a terrible job. My friend, who has a serious perfectionistic streak (as do most of my …

Oh Come All Ye of Little Faith

I complained to my dad about something the other week, and he snapped at me: “to whom much is given, much is expected.” He was telling me, basically, to shove it. He reminded me, in so few words, that I can spend my life complaining that I haven’t been given more, or I can actually …

When Yoga Doesn’t Help

Years ago, I received some excellent advice. Like any can-do young person, I’d taken all the odd jobs that came my way. If I saw something at work that needed doing, I’d do it – no complaints. I worked long hours, I held down the fort. I made improvements, I took on extra tasks. I …

Learning the Same Lesson, Over and Over: On Maturation

I get frustrated, a lot. And easily. Someone told me recently that maturity – real, true maturity – is a combination of three aspects. Truthfully, I think this is oversimplified, but for the purposes of this post, it will do. The aspects: 1. Ability to formulate and achieve goals (Delayed Satisfaction) 2. Impulse Control 3. Acceptance …