It was a simple word of instruction. He only said it once. But the one word offering of advice has permeated my day with a worthy reminder and a lovely piece of wisdom.
I joined my friend at her athletic club today for my first Zumba class. Fun music, a gym full of Dancing with the Stars wannabes and some good sweat so I could justify my crepe afterward at the nearby cafe.
The instructor, definitely a dancer with that amazing body, put up with our uncoordinatedness and lead us through our Saturday exercise. We must have been focused on our steps or his amazing body, (did I mention his dancer butt?), that when he told us all to SMILE, we let out a laugh like we had been holding our breath. So I did just that. I smiled the rest of class.
It is a simple instruction, a gentle reminder how serious and focused we get. I remembered it throughout the day, buying pomegranates and granola bars at Trader Joe’s and later when my son woke me from my nap after being asleep for approximately two minutes.
With a smile on our face it’s hard to take ourselves so seriously. It makes it easy for others to smile back in our direction. A worthy reminder for all.
by J.G. McGlothern