Wellness Pathway #228 The Magic Penny

Perhaps you are familiar with a camp song called “The Magic Penny” with the following chorus and first verse: “Love is something if you give it away, give it away, give it away. Love is something if you give it away — you end up having more. It’s just like a magic penny, hold it tight, you won’t have any. But lend it, spend it, and you’ll have so many — they’ll roll all over the floor.”

Now that’s certainly appropriate in light of this week’s Provision on love as the all-encompassing core value, but it also applies to exercise and energy. How often have you failed to work out because you were just too tired? Or, perhaps, you were afraid that your body just couldn’t take the stress. Either way, you chose the sedentary path.

Intuitively, this makes perfect sense. You’re tired, so you need to rest. You’re fragile, so you need to protect yourself. But common sense may not be serving you well here.

Energy works from the principal of abundance rather than scarcity. It, too, is like a magic penny. This may seem counterintuitive, but the more energy you expend on exercise and fitness, the more energy you “lend and spend,” the more energy you will have throughout the day. This has been documented in countless studies.

So don’t let tiredness and fear get in the way. Stand up to them with at least the beginnings of gentle exercise. Go for a walk. Work in the garden. Stretch your back. Move your body. Do something to discover the magic penny of energy and exercise.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you make excuses for not working out? How could you get yourself moving in a positive direction?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

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