Tool For Tuesday: Training For Life

My husband, Jonny, has a friend, Michael, who’s this top-notch athlete. He says he’s always training. For what?

For life.

Another of Jonny’s friends, Corey, also a fine jock, says he’s training for adversity.

Hoping that adversity might never come but we still have to store ourselves up.

Don’t let your soul get depleted. Make sure you’re prayed up. Don’t wait until a major crisis to make contact with your spirit. Start now. Practice storing a warehouse of faith so that when you need it, you’ll have it there.  Save up for the famine the way Joseph in the Bible said to save up.

Listen, you might go through life without ever needing friends. Unlikely, however. So make sure you nurture your friends because they will be there for you at 3 A.M. (Remember that your spouse is also a friend.)

The body. As in your body. Proven fact: people who do sports heal faster. What are you waiting for? Train your body to prevent catastrophe.

Don’t leave your mind behind. Don’t be a mental loafer. One of my daughters, Amalia, tries to write down something she learns each day. I learned today that Polyfill is the fluffy batting inside a blanket. I thought it was Chlorophyll—which is the pigment in plants that captures the light energy required for photosynthesis. Ha!

Soul, heart, body, mind: The Big Four. Keep them finely-tuned like a harp.

Tool for Tuesday: Train for life.

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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7 Responses to Tool For Tuesday: Training For Life

  1. Hi Diana, thanks for the pep talk. 🙂

  2. A lovely reminder: “Make sure you’re prayed up.” I’ve never heard it worded quite that way, and it’s wonderful.
    I also love your blend of the inspiring, the spiritual…and the human. I’m still smiling that you confused Amalia’s word of the day, Polyfill, with Chlorophyll.
    Excellent post, Diana.

  3. I love Amalia’s idea to write down something new she learns each day. Actually you bring up so many good ideas that it is hard to pick, choose and implement; I love so many of them and aspire to practice more on a daily basis.

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