New Years Thoughts
<![CDATA[As we are waking up from our Christmas Break slumber and getting back into a routine here at the Hobbs house, the topic of New Year's resolutions has inevitably arisen. Oddly enough it was our nine year old son that brought the topic up. He proclaimed on New Year's Day that he wants to build up his arm strength over the next year (he is a soccer guy so his legs get a lot of work, but arms not so much). My daughter immediately chimed in about joining him in the workout resolution with rounds of sit-ups each day. At first I was a little disturbed about their plan. Had I been neurotically worrying over my body and it rubbed off on them? Sure their dad and I try to stay active and fit, but I've never made a new year's resolution about my arms or abs. After further inquiry, it turns out they have a big comprehensive fitness test complete with push-ups, sit-ups and laps coming up in a few weeks in P.E. and they are worried about passing it. I think it has to do with some national push to fight childhood obesity. It sounds like their teacher has taken this quite to heart (and shoulders and abs). I guess elementary school ain't what it used to be. As the kids were planning out their fitness routine they asked me what my resolutions would be. Last year I went Paleo to aid in treating my allergies so they wondered if I had a health related plan again. At first I honestly couldn't think of an answer. We've cut a lot of the junk out of our diet already and I don't really care much what I look like in a swimsuit. [caption id="attachment_785" align="aligncenter" width="247"] how my jaw feels sometimes[/caption] And then I remembered. Around Christmas I had gotten a mental health massage and chatted some with my massage therapist about my jaw problems. It is often tight and sore and sometimes makes way too much noise when I open it first thing in the morning. She asked if I was a clencher and I admitted that I was, bite guard and all. She compassionately mentioned that sometimes people clench their jaw if they are working too hard to hold their tongue. Oh . . . Bullseye. I’ve always leaned towards quiet and shy. When I first started school, some of my classmates actually wondered if I was able to speak I was so silent in class. Also, I grew up in the deep South where girls are expected to mind their words. Always be polite, never rude. Don’t talk too much or know too much or else others won’t like you. Just smile and be sweet. All of this cultural conditioning worked very well on me. When we are having trouble with customers at the coffee shop where I barista, I am often nominated to talk to the problem party as I will be the least likely to offend them or make them mad. Me and my honey coated words. But with that gift of diplomacy also comes a price. I still hold silent far too much. I weigh my words until they are so heavy that I cannot get them out of my mouth. I just hold them in with a tight tongue and clenched jaw.
3 thoughts on “New Years Thoughts”
I don’t know if I should be proud of you or scared of you! Hahaha …a little of both perhaps It’s a good think, Dena!
Ooooooooh! Please hold your true comments during our yoga classes. I don’t think we “can handle the truth.” We are enjoying our fantasy of being such good yoga students, as you lead us to believe.
The truth is you all actually are great yoga students! You show up and attend to the practice and pay attention to your bodies and breath. That’s all that really matters.