Today, 3 words reminded me of what it takes to find the flair.
1. Stress: A trainer at the gym (the same one that encouraged–er, forced–me to take that Body Combat class) told me that I’m stuck in a rut. She said that I’ve been doing the same old exercises for a year, and my body was plateauing. I needed to stress my body differently now. What? You want me to stress my body? But I like the plateau. Plateau signifies a long, stable period of stability! It’s a leveling off, a resting place. Plateaus are beautiful! They let you rest and look off into the distance when you are climbing that horrible mountain. But I’m learning plateaus aren’t always good–especially if you want to change yourself. That trainer told me to come back to the class and “take it to the next level” with my fitness. I needed to get off that plateau. I needed to deliberately stress my heart and muscles. So I did. And this new place of sore muscles and sweat isn’t at all stable. But it’s good. When I leave the plateau, and embrace the stress of it, I can get out of what’s really a rut and get to the next level of flair.
2. Corner: I have a yellow recliner I moved to the corner of my living room. I sat it in this morning after Body Combat. I have never enjoyed that chair because of where it was in the room. But when I moved it to the corner, all of a sudden, it’s my little nook of joy. I have my Bible beside it, a novel, a little table with a reading lamp, and a soft quilt. A corner is a place off to the side, a place where two walls meet in a remote area. I love that word. I’m learning to put myself in a corner to let my life come together the way the walls do. If I don’t find a remote place, even in my own home, I can’t recover from leaving the plateau.
3. Plumb: Plumb means “exactly” as in “the tree was plumb center in the yard.” So after reclining in the yellow chair in the corner, choosing to leave the plateau, I went out with my children to the plumb tree down the street. Our kind neighbors said we could climb and pick as many plumbs as we want. So my daughter is up in that tree, feasting on juicy red plums, and I’m picking ripe ones within my reach. I bite down into the fruit of that big tree that I pass every single day. I hardly noticed it until this weekend. And now I’m plumb in the midst of it. I want to be plumb aware of that tree. I want to be accurate and precise in my observations of all the good things in my life.
I’m plumb in the center of finding flair: stressing myself off the plateau, resting in my corner, and letting plumb juice drip off my chin. It’s a good day here.