I Need A Good Stretch

I missed my yoga class last week, so this morning I was ready and willing to be stretched. As I get older my body tells me I need to stretch, because the longer I live the more set my body becomes. It resists change, it fights back when I try to put a muscle in a place it hadn’t been in awhile, and it tends to say leave me alone.

But it’s not just the body that needs a regular stretching. It is very easy to get set in a routine, daily habits, and to resist interruptions.

I sometimes feel that my mind is more resistant to change than my body. I become grouchy and irritable if someone knocks me off my rhythm or interrupts my schedule. Yet, nothing needs a good stretch like the mind. Rest it might, but I should force myself not to become a creature of habit, remain open to something completely new and different, and insert into my daily routine something spontaneous on a regular basis.

So it finally comes to my heart and my spiritual life. Do I really want my relationship with God to be merely the same day in and day out? Shouldn’t I stretch my heart by helping my neighbors and meeting new people who stretch and pull at my heartstrings? Shouldn’t I learn about other’s relationship with God through studying and trying to understand different faiths and religions? The heart and soul need a good stretch just as much, maybe more, that our body and mind.

Every faith, every religion, and every person offers an opportunity to stretch, and boy I need a good stretch. How about you?

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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