Friday, March 13, 2009

Stretching

I love this picture. Not because the subjects are two of my favorite people in the whole world. No, I love it because of what they are doing.

When was the last time you kicked your feet into the sky? When was the last time you felt no limits? When was the last time your joy came from stretching yourself into the unknown?

If my husband could have captured the shot as I asked, you'd find me seated in the swing next to her--trying my best to keep up. A silly picture, I know, maybe it's best he didn't get a good one, but I was trying nevertheless.


It's been years since I've been on a swing. I wasn't sure I'd even be able to do it without puking my guts across the playground sand. But I held on and tipped my head back and enjoyed the rush.

Today I get that similar sensation from writing--a post here--a submission there. But the real rush comes when I stretch myself and write a book and then . . . actually submit it someplace. Out into the unknown. Into territory I haven't imagined since I was a child and dreaming about outer space as I played on the monkey bars or teeter-totters.

We can do little to stop our bodies from growing older. But we can keep our spirits and dreams as young as we please.

I'm planning on swinging as high as my legs can pump me. I might even flip the swing set over like my sisters and I used to do in our backyard.

Are you stretching yourself? Or are you leaning against the fence watching everyone else feel the joy?

19 comments:

Ang said...

Love the picture...it looks like so much fun. I have to admit, I've been on a swing recently and enjoyed every bit of it. I would like to think I am stretching myself. But sometimes it does feel like I'm just leaned up on the fence (which could be a nice break every now and then considering how you view it).

giddymomof6 said...

Awww! I love to swing! I'm so glad you did it with them! That's awesome! And I updated my blog just for you! LOL! Hope it helps. Jenni

Melissa Marsh said...

I need to stretch myself a bit more with the writing. I hope I can do it. :-)

I LOVE to swing! My daughter and I have often gone to playgrounds and just played. You gotta be a kid sometimes. :-)

Renee Collins said...

I love that picture, Terri. :) So sweet.

And, good thought too. No matter how old a person is, they can always be young at heart. They just have to keep doing the things that bring them joy!

Janna Qualman said...

With many things, I definitely lean against the fence, a wallflower of sorts.

But with my writing, I'd like to think I stretch myself.

Great picture!

LisaShaw said...

Great message.

I actually (once I turned 40 3 yrs ago) started stretching out even more in doing things like that. Awesome!

Bless you dear as you stretch...

Love the photo.

AnooCre8ion said...

Terri I confess I do lean against the fence a lot at times watching everyone else feel the joy. However I have also been stretching myself, not in doing something new, but being productive when I don't feel like it.

Thanks for the 'push'.

Blessings,
Vickie

Linda said...

What a fun picture! I think she looks like you. My nature tells me to hold back, but I find that when I push myself to stretch, joy happens.

Lin said...

good advice-I loved to swing as a child at my grand parents home on a lovely old tree. It was a place to escape and just be...

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I can always count you you to pose the really thought provoking questions.

At the moment I think I am sitting in the dirt under the swing looking up at the sky wondering what happened.

Blessings
Robin

Angie Ledbetter said...

Leaning right now, but will be back on the swing and merry-go-round soon. Fly high, friend!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Well, I've stretched a bit this week. It's been hard, but I've been able to write a couple of more devotions for my book. The framework is basically done; now I have to go back, do some editing, and add a few things here and there. I am feeling good about any progress at this point.

I just love to write, friend! I know that you do too.

Happy weekend to you and yours.

peace~elaine

Beth in NC said...

Hi Friend,

Last year we bought our daughter a Rainbow playset which is heavy duty enough to hold adults (ha). So I have actually been swinging - so I understand. :o)

Starting a blog was my first step of faith concerning my writing. I have kept journals for as long as I can remember. I pray I will have time to step it up a notch and start submitting some things.

Many blessings!
Beth

jinksy said...

I've always loved swinging, too - but you know what gives me an even great thrill now? Finding a bench, preferably with a sea view, that has a seat high enough off the ground for me to be able to swing my legs and feet! Think about it; the taller you grew, the sooner this joy disappeared off the radar! I can guarantee, find the bench, and you're a kid again! x

Ginger said...

I totally agree! You have to keep your spirit and dreams alive! Keep stretching!

Rachel Eggum Cinader said...

I love to swing too. I think I'll go to the park tomorrow:)

Jenn Johansson said...

So true, sometimes we just need to kick back and relax. Kids really know how to enjoy themselves. Thanks for the picture, it is a great reminder!

Jessica said...

Hmmm, I'd like to be a person who stretches, but I might also be the fencer. LOL When the kids do get on the swings, I always love to take a ride myself. The depressing part is that I can't ride long or I get motion sick. Grrrr....
It's awesome that you can find that fun place again, the enjoyment of something so simple.

Technonana said...

Just a swingin'!! When I was a child this was my favorite thing to do, and hula hoop!! LOL