During the holiday break, my oldest son, Magnus, participated in a three-day athletic camp led by a former NFL player. In addition to coaching the kids on speed, agility and quickness, the camp included lessons on character-building.
At the end of one practice, the participants were given a homework assignment to define themselves using the letters of their name. The activity was designed to teach the kids that while someone else had named them, they had the choice to determine what their name stood for. It was up to each one of them to help shape how others perceive them based on what they represented through their beliefs, goals and behaviors, and their names should signify that.
This assignment was challenging for my nine-year-old son whose vocabulary is understandably limited, so we helped him a bit. Here's what he/we came up with: M - magnetic; A - athletic; G - grateful; N - needed; U - unstoppable; S - swift.
In assisting Magnus, I couldn't help but ask myself, "What does Molly represent? How do I want to be defined, particularly as we enter into a new year ?" Perhaps surprising to some, none of my definitions were specifically fitness-related, despite fitness being my passion and profession. I went with over-arching concepts that encompass all facets of wellness, including spiritual, emotional and physical.
After some thought, I decided on this definition:
I need to be honest and admit that I was hesitant to write this, because I have such a long way to go in my pursuit of these ideals. But then I reminded myself of the definition of ideal--a standard to strive for, a conception of perfection. I won't get these right much of the time, but it's my aim this year and beyond to be a better "mother," to be more "open," to be a "light" to others, to live with "less," and to say "yes" to only the best.
My challenge to you this month is to complete this task with your name, and perhaps encourage your spouse and kids to do the same. You're welcome to flesh out your last name as well if your first name is fewer than five letters or you simply want give meaning to your full name. Feel free to share it here in the Comments section!
Here's to a healthier, more fulfilling new year, where we add meaning and wellness to every area of our lives!
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