I got the chance to guest post over at Art’s Chili Pepper recently (thanks for the invite!), and I was trying to put in words something that God has been working on in my life these days. Here’s the gist of that post – I hope you’ll share your own Ah-Ha moments too.
My little Ah-Ha moment came as I brushed my teeth alongside my 4-year old. Here’s a bit TMI about our funny little household. This particular habit has grown out of having a decade of ballet training, but not giving up some of your daily exercises long after your ballet company stint is done…
Just imagine the below ballet exercises:
…being done while brushing your teeth. After all, the location is optimal for checking your posture in the mirror, you must keep your body lifted to avoid spilling toothpaste on the floor, and you can’t help but be aware of your limbs as you attempt to maneuver between the sink and bathtub!
And if I didn’t think my husband would threaten to take away my blogging privileges, I’d attempt to post a picture of my darling kiddo who loves to give ronde jambe a l’airs his best shot too.
So imagine all this. And then me trying to keep my balance (with a toothbrush scrubbing away, mind you):
Want to know a trick?
The ballet company director’s wife was teaching a make-up lesson one day, and asked us to imagine this:
Why on earth would she ask all her tiny little dancers to imagine a 14,000 calorie treat?
Because it reset our perspective.
Imagine that reward in the distance in front of you, concentrate on it, and suddenly you aren’t thinking so much about not falling over.
And amazingly, your balance begins to naturally shift. The wobbles lessen, the limbs straighten, and you may have to wipe a bit of drool off your chin.
The point being: when we focus on an ultimate reward that may not be right in front of our faces… balancing our lives can become easier.
As I stood at the top of my toes brushing my teeth, I realized that focusing on my ultimate Heavenly citizenship would help take the wobbles out of what I have to juggle today.
Important vs. Unimportant become clearer when our focus changes.
And that, my friends, is what doing toothbrush exercises with this little premiere danseur has taught me.
(And yes, he whined until we stopped laughing and took.the.silly.thing.off!)
(And it’s not like my husband could be fazed too much anyway… not after this!)
I hope you’ll come back and join us for True Story Tuesday coming up!