Monday, May 4, 2009

Food for the soul

Taking a well deserved rest from exercise today. Okay, I admit it, I am a wimp. A wimp without coffee , not able to consume her body weight in chocolate , and who's husband has to get out of bed and earn a living sometime. Nothing for it but to just push through it till I find a new sort of normal. My leg muscles are really sore, and so a day of doing "nothing" will probably help. So in the meantime I am finding new ways to motivate myself with exercise, getting out of bed when I need to, not crawling off to live in a dark cake or tower surrounded by brambles ( okay, hubby can join me in those. Could be fun, but then I would not get much sleep and we would be back at square one...). One thing that has served me very well to get me motivated for anything is music. It's kind of like how Garrison Keillor describes Powder milk Biscuits- "they give shy people the courage to do what they have to do." I think with the right soundtrack, I could do wonders. So to that end, i have been sifting through my collection to find songs that motivate me for various reasons. In the process I discovered something- there are not enough songs written about life in a good way that do not contain messages of faith or romantic love. Not that there is anything wrong with those things, but messages that contain either of those things can lead your brain to memories of things good or bad, and can cause you to start thinking about theological matters and sidetrack you.Perhaps it is just me who feels that way. In either case I have been on a quest to find songs, and son has take this as his own opportunity to put music on his computer. So the house is resonating with sounds played almost at war with each other, and both of us are as happy as clams doing so. It is also funny to me to see how our son seems to be a perfect blend of my musical tastes and his fathers, and what a strange little mix he weaves it into for himself. It makes me laugh ! He grabs his music, burns it onto his little MP3 player, puts on the headphones and gives his mix a test drive. I hope the neighbors downstairs are sympathetic as he goes through his very energetic walking practice !

3 comments:

skinnyhollie said...

Too funny, but I did the same thing yesterday! It started with downloading 1 song, but ended up being a two-disc compilation of all my favorite songs. I love it! It put me in a really good mood... and I wish I had it at work with me right now.

Please consider letting w8losschick post your story on her blog. She is devoting the month of May to stories of inspiration, and I really find you and your family to be so inspiring! Think about it...

JC said...

Sorry, I've gotten so behind in my blog reading. Your last few posts are great. My Mama used to say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Usually when I didn't do as she wanted or expected. Wow, you have had a lot on your plate. Go going with giving up caffine.

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

To Hollie- I would contribute to w8losschick, but to be honest so much of the journey at that time was tied up with infertility that I have real trouble separating the two. And because the outcome of that was technically successful ( I became a mom), there were really serious bumps with it ( a stillbirth and then my so n with autism) I would really hate for any woman who was going through the same journey to see my story and become hesitant to continue because of that. I am honored that you find us to be inspiring, because I feel the same about you !