INSPIRE — April 7, 2012 at 9:00 am

Wings of Change

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A wise person once said to me (of course they were quoting some previous wise-guy) that the only thing that we can be certain of in life is change. Don’t think about it too hard, because 1. it will hurt your brain, and 2. it’s going to happen any way. So I was thinking, why not harness the power, and find a few things to change up in my own little corner(s) of the world.

Be the Change… Barely a day goes by that I don’t read or hear this somewhere, but it really does make sense. If I want a better world for my daughter, my kitty cat, or heck even for myself, then I have to live and embody the changes that I want to see in the world. If I want a prettier downtown, then I have to shop and dine there. If I want an awesome workplace, then I have to show empathy and understanding to my colleagues. If I yearn for a more connected community, I need be a passionate participant. And here is the consummate biggie… if I want a better world, then I have to make conscious, mindful choices that yield kind, compassionate results. Phew, I’ve got my work cut out for me! When you whittle it down though, positive changes – small or big – affect much more than just little ole me, and that feels pretty darn good.

Change is good and good for you too. Not just any change of course. I know for certain that our on-site fitness gurus would balk at me swapping my flax flakes for cake pops (too bad). Instead, adding healthy new groceries items, revamped menus or creative meal presentations are my nutrition agenda. Whatever your goal – eliminating refined foods, amping up veggie intake, eating less meat, going organic – having fun and getting creative can help to make the changes less of a perceived drag. My goals include ALL of the above, but notice I didn’t mention reducing coffee, wine or chocolate (let’s not get too crazy).

They say, a change is as good as a rest. I say, except when you’re doing TRX. Ughh, that is just not restful, but I will admit, rather rewarding. I’m finally getting back to a workout regimen – after an extended post-baby-hiatus – and getting moving is such a good feeling, and restorative too. My “no-time” excuses are now on the wane, hopefully my hips are soon to follow. My workout buddy is a big fan of ‘I forgot my gym shoes’, but even she has changed her tack and leaves them at work all the time. Change is contagious! If however, you’re one of ‘those’ fitness junkies – i.e. you do walking lunges to the mailbox – then the opposite applies. Your change is the rest, so suck it up and take an extreme nap.

Healthy change often requires leaving your comfort zone. It seems I inevitably return from the mall with a bag full of black/gray items, but who says that a leopard can’t change her spots? I’m stowing away my fave (yep, black & gray) leopard cardi at the end of this week and injecting some new prints into my spring wardrobe. I am going to buy at least one outrageously vivid floral piece of something (a tea towel does not count) and wear it loud and proud. So look out world – you might need shades when you see me coming! Living Well promises a bright future, especially when positive change is part of the big picture.