Smile & Go Slow

I wanted the smile lines at the corners of my eyes to show in this photo. I like my smile lines. It means I’ve been happy a lot in this life. Wrinkles don’t bother me. I feel lucky to have come this far. It’s interesting to be older. I’m not saying it’s all roses. But I’ve developed a theory over the last six months, which, apart from the births of my babies, have been the happiest of my life. Every decade gets better.

I’m working on the inside these days. My head used to be a mess. Meditation took care of that. Now the body has rebelled after years of mindless abuse. So I’ve added walking to the yoga and am taking it slow. The first day I used the treadmill in my new house, I had to hang something over the too-bright winter white outside my window. (We still have not gotten around to fixing up the basement.)

I hung a pretty saffron colored scarf my yoga teacher brought back from India. It lets in light and shows the black patterns. Perfect. But before it was hung for real, I tried thumbtacks (no way) and hammer and nails (wrong chair) overreached and fell from the tall chair into the low one. Was fine. I walked the treadmill, listening to music. Closed my eyes when I felt like it.

The next day my middle had some bruising. It didn’t hurt and I’m not going to be wearing a bikini again in this life, so I shrugged it off and moved on. But those bruises are trying to get my attention. They say I need to connect with my movements, grow more aware of my surroundings and actions. Can’t just spin a dozen plates anymore and hope one doesn’t crash.

Slow down. Savor. For an Aries, this is a huge order. We’re an impatient bunch. But it’s important enough that Mars (my planet) itself is slowing down for a bit. And that kind of forces me to slow down, as well. Which is a good thing.

More Love, More Joy

More Love: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

I grew up and live in Metro Detroit. The Motor City. Motown. So when I went searching for a new theme for this old blog, Smokey Robinson popped into my head. And he was singing this song. Click for video, read on for powerful lyrics that I feel more now than I did as a tween listening to the Motown sound every day on WCLK.

“Let it be soon/don’t hesitate/Make it now/don’t wait/Open your heart and let my love come in/I want the moment to start when I can fill your heart with/More love and more joy/than age or time could ever destroy/Oh honey, now my love will be so sound/Gonna take about a hundred life time/To live it down, wear it down and tear it down

This is no fiction, this is no act/This is real it’s a fact/I’ll always belong only to you/And each day I’ll be living to/make sure I’m giving you More love and more joy/than age or time could ever destroy/Oh honey, now my love will be so sound/It’ll take a hundred life times/To live it down, wear it down, tear it down

As we grow older/no need to fear/when you need me I’ll be here/I’ll be beside you every step of the way/A heart that’s truthful and keeping it youthful with More love and more joy/than age or time could ever destroy/Oh honey, now my love will be so sound/It’ll take a hundred life times/To live it down, oh wear it down and tear it down…”

Just like Smokey, I wanna give you more love and more joy…you my family, you my friends, you who are reading these words. Whatever I can put out there positive to push back all the negative, that’s what I want to do now.