Each week we change the words/quote/saying that we are displaying on the noticeboard in our kitchen; these are the words we try to live by individually and as a family that week. Some weeks may focus on lifting our mood, others may be about motivation or attitude to life; something that speaks to us on some level and that we can directly apply to our lives. Changing the words each week stops them from becoming just another thing you walk past without really seeing, it keeps things fresh and stops them losing their power. This series is where I share those words with you in the hope they may help you and your family too. If you a new to the series and want to learn more, you can read the first post here, or check out the Words To Live By tab in the top menu.
Without further ado, this weeks words are:
We were all a little overtired this morning and I found myself walking my son to school a little hunched over and generally feeling pretty grim. Then the strangest thing happened. I took a deep breath and as I did so my upper body naturally lifted up. Normally I may have let my body slump again on the out-breath but this morning I didn’t. This morning I lifted my head and kept it there. The rest of the walk to school I felt my body straitening itself out, in more ways than one. By the time I got home I didn’t just feel more awake, I felt more energised.
On a normal morning I get back from the school run and sit for 10-15 minutes, perhaps having a cup of tea, needing to take a short break after the morning rush before heaving myself back out the door with the dogs. This morning though I didn’t feel like I needed to. I grabbed the dogs and headed straight back out, making a conscious effort to ‘walk tall’ the whole way round our usual route.
Not only did I enjoy the walk more than usual but the dogs were somehow better behaved too. Now maybe that’s coincidence or maybe it’s not, but one thing is for sure, I haven’t felt tired once all morning and that’s a first for me in a VERY long time.
When I got up this morning I had no idea what today’s ‘words’ were going to be, but with that one small action on the way to school I knew.
If my anecdote isn’t enough to convince you, here are some great quotes about walking tall to help inspire you.
“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” – Helen Keller
“Never look back, walk tall, act fine.” – David Bowie
“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” – Zen saying
“Walk tall, or baby don’t walk at all.” – Bruce Springsteen
Try it for yourself. Take a deep breath and lift yourself up tall. Not only will you feel more confident and energised, you will look it to, and thats always a good thing.
Have a great week everyone x