A man appearing to be in his early 50’s showed up at the gym in his warrior workout gear. Black was the color of the day with a black shirt, black shorts, black socks, and black shoes. With his belly protruding out of his workout shirt, he gets an “A” for effort and, perhaps, a “D minus” for style.
A young man stood nearby patiently waiting for the weight bench. As my friend finished her last set, the young man quietly stepped forward to use the bench. The warrior workout guy flipped out because he wanted to use the bench. A temper tantrum followed as tension filled the air.
It took me years to learn the most important exercise in the gym. It is, coincidentally, the most important exercise a parent can practice. Even being a good driver depends on this one significant mindset. What is the most important exercise? Patience. That’s right, exercising patience. Learning to be patient, as well as to relax are golden qualities that are worth developing. I have repeated often, “The patient person heals twice as fast.”
Your body benefits from your patience. Tension and tenderness are often the way your body shows how you are fighting through your day instead of finding the way to go with a powerful flow. Forgive me for repeatedly asking you to master relaxation and patience. We all need more of those two gifts.