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Zumba

Zumba together.
Either literally or figuratively, things go better when you dance together.
Work on project, chores, or just fun.
Anticipate each other’s needs and moves.
Lead when the other is uncertain.
Trust your loved ones to know the way when they have more experience.
Your teamwork will be rewarding when the goal is for everyone to win.

Yearn

Yearn to learn something new.
Keep your brain cells active.
Take a new perspective.
Expand your world.

Let your curiosity lead you.
Millions of resources are at our fingertips. Online, in our communities.

A craft, a skill, a viewpoint.
Don’t stay stuck where you always were.
Grow yourself, and stretch.

Thank

Thank the plants for the oxygen they release for us to breathe. Thank the plants and animals for providing food and clothing. Thank the earth for providing water and nutrients.

Look around and see how much there is to be thankful for.

[In the spirit of providing daily commentary, I’m adding digraphs, those two letters that unite to consistently form a single sound, to my A to Z posts.]

Xplore the Outdoors

Xplore the Outdoors! It will improve our mental and physical health. We know how important it is to move. And researchers have found that plants produce chemicals that actually lower our cortisol (stress) levels.

The more we are outdoors, the more we feel the interconnection between us and the rest of the living beings. The more we see ourselves in nature, the more we can love and respect the earth.

Warble!

Warble your song to the world! Speak up for those with less power, for those who aren’t heard, to those who don’t listen. Use whatever privilege you have, by birth or your actions, to lift others.

Use flowing, thoughtful words. When others are quiet, sing your beliefs.

Just remember to check: is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

(Thanks to MM for the word)

Voice

Voice your truth.
Allow loved ones to do the same.
This is not a license to hurt others, but an opportunity to be genuine.
It’s so much easier to remember what you’ve said when you speak truthfully!

If you go deeply into your thoughts, you will often find your motivation is to get even.
Or prove yourself right.
Or embarrass the other.
In those cases, what you had planned to say isn’t actually the truth.
The Truth is that you wanted to do harm.
Then you must delve deeper to understand yourself.

Others may also be confused about their truths. If they lash out, remember this desire to harm is caused by their own hurt, not truth.

This is a life-long process, uncovering and speaking your truth.

Upgrade

Upgrade yourself.
Take the high road when there is a choice.
Breathe deeply to know the difference.
Rise above the smallness of most of what comes our way.

Understand others who are bogged down.
Feel their pain.
But don’t take it on or follow their lead.

Live life fully. Purposely. With love.