Barbells, Love, Life

"Once More."
Hat tip to Shakespeare for the quote.
#original #lisbethdarsh

"Once More."
Hat tip to Shakespeare for the quote.
#original #lisbethdarsh

I found the word “adore” on my kitchen floor. It was the only word to make the leap from the Poetry Magnet Hell that is the front of my refrigerator. 

Why adore?

What propelled adore to throw himself from the others? Was this a message, or simply word suicide?

#writersthinktoomuch

I found the word “adore” on my kitchen floor. It was the only word to make the leap from the Poetry Magnet Hell that is the front of my refrigerator.

Why adore?

What propelled adore to throw himself from the others? Was this a message, or simply word suicide?

#writersthinktoomuch

Overheard in this coffee shop just now:

Woman: “Why did you do it? Was she cute?”

The man shifts in his seat. He does not answer. The gal at the counter calls out another latte.

Overheard in this coffee shop just now:

Woman: “Why did you do it? Was she cute?”

The man shifts in his seat. He does not answer. The gal at the counter calls out another latte.

Someday I hope he’ll forgive me. #burritodog #jasper

Someday I hope he’ll forgive me. #burritodog #jasper

Wait, what? 
(Seen at CrossFit Almaden.)

Wait, what?
(Seen at CrossFit Almaden.)

After the WOD at CrossFit Almaden!

After the WOD at CrossFit Almaden!

Sometimes he refuses to get off my lap. #jasper

Sometimes he refuses to get off my lap. #jasper

If We Only Show Our Beautiful Selves …

If we only show the beautiful parts of ourselves, we’re only helping this world partway.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I love seeing your beautiful selves. Keep that up. We all need to be inspired, and we need grace and beauty in our lives. But I want to see more. I think it’s important.

The world improves when, in addition to showing beauty, we reveal some of the not-so-pretty parts of ourselves. Because this game — in CrossFit and in life — is comprised of the made lifts and the failures. (And we need to teach ourselves not to be frightened by the word  ”failure.” It’s a synonym for “lesson learned.”)

Try this: Broaden your entire viewpoint. Consider what is in the photo, as well as what is left out.

Remember: we can see the light because the dark surrounds it.

We can read the words on a page because the page was blank first.

We can catch the softball because there was an empty space in the pocket of the glove.

We can lift the bar because once it had no weight on it.

So too it is with our hearts and love. They were empty once. Now, hopefully, we are filling them.

Fitness comes in fits and spurts, but ultimately rises overall if we are truly devoted to bettering ourselves. So too it is with strength and writing and love.

These lessons are not new. These stories we have heard. But we need to keep telling them to each other, and we need to keep relearning those lessons that are important. We improve through small steps, not by a sudden thunderbolt.

Be brave. Show the missed lift. Walk out your front door with no make-up once in a while. Say “I made a mistake.” The world improves when we admit that we are all fundamentally human.

Rocking my fab new CrossFit Cetro shirt and getting ready to write! Caffeine onboard! It’s another glorious day! (at Verve Coffee Roasters)

Rocking my fab new CrossFit Cetro shirt and getting ready to write! Caffeine onboard! It’s another glorious day! (at Verve Coffee Roasters)