I read this quote by Bruce Lee the other day and it literally made me catch my breath.
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
As my kids grow and change I feel like I’m literally watching the years pass us by. So many times I get focused on the wrong things. The things that don’t matter at all, or the things that may seem to matter but won’t matter at all in a month or a year. And if it won’t matter five years from now, why waste all our emotional or mental energy on it anyway? I’ve done my lion’s share of wasting time worrying about things I can’t control and am getting to the place where I’m just kind of done with small thinking, fearful living and people who want to cause disorder, division and chaos.
Over the last month I’ve watched how death comes to us all. Quickly. Unexpectedly. Gone in a breath. And so I’m committed to doing it right. Focusing on the one thing I can control: me. My attitude. Don’t get me wrong, I fail at it every single day. But I want to start focusing my time, my attention and my will on doing well with my one short life, and what I’ve been given. It’s the only thing that will matter: what we did with our life.
So this summer I’m committed to starting a few new things. Doing something tangible with my one life – and for the benefit of others. Some of these will be challenging and growth producing and some just plain fun. Because sometimes we need to just make room for some fun in our life. So here are five things I’m going to do:
1. Paddle board: Because, why not? I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth and have access to the clearest, most spectacularly mountain view lakes around. Every year we say we’re going to buy one and every year passes and we don’t. Not this year. This is our year! I want us to get out on the lake and explore them with both feet. I’ve got my eye on this gem of a paddle board.
2. Learn: For the last six months a dream has been brewing in my heart to use what I know about exercise and it’s mind/body/soul/spirit connection and share it with others. So I’m enrolling in a program to get my personal training certification and then go even further to help women make behavior changes through fitness. It’s near and dear to my heart and there’s a great personal story I’ll share later about my sister. Remember her? I’m so thrilled to tell you she is approaching six months of sobriety – MIRACLE! – and doing amazingly well I might add. And guess what? She’s running and we’re going to do a race together. I cannot wait to tell you about the power of a pair of shoes!
3. Move: I haven’t done a triathlon since I finished Ironman in 2012. My body was tired and weary and I just wasn’t into the heavy training, although I continued to run and bike regularly. This year I’m getting back in for real. I won’t be signing up for Ironman (yet!) but I’m going to do a sprint and Olympic distance again just for fun. Why not? Able and willing is not enough. It’s time to actually dive in, and do it again.
4. Teach: I’m so excited to be teaming up with a friend to start helping women get their bodies moving! So many women are intimidated by a gym or studio, or don’t know how to work out, and so they don’t try. We want to change that. We haven’t worked out all the details yet but I’ll be leading a small group of women in downtown Coeur d’Alene toward getting their mind/body/soul/spirit connected through fitness. Even though it’s so far out of my comfort zone and I’ve never done it before I know God is leading me in this direction and when I’m not terrified, I’m so excited! Stay tuned…
5. Star gaze: No, seriously. We have a cabin way up north on a lake close to Canada, and on summer nights our favorite things to do is sleep on the dock. We line up our sleeping bags all the way down the dock and fall asleep watching falling stars and satellites roam the sky. It’s simple and amazing and so serene. It reminds me to be still. Silent. Small. That no matter how noisy the world is, or how big our life or our problems may seem, there’s an escape. There is small. In the backyard or on the roof or somewhere out on a dock, the world falls away and we remember. And sometimes that’s all we need.
So that’s my five. Five things I’m committed to doing this summer because knowing isn’t enough. Willing isn’t enough. We must do. In order to live well, we must not just know, but actually allow it to penetrate our being and transform us into doing. What are you doing this summer?