I am introducing an interactive weekly post called Try-It With-Me Tuesday as a way to encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.
I have learned that I need to give myself continual challenges to improve. About five years ago some back problems prompted me to overcome my fear of water and learn to swim (a long post for another day). That learning process was a difficult balance of faith and persistence. After I achieved and maintained this goal for some time, I could sense that my body and spirit needed a new fitness routine to increase my levels of strength and endurance adjusting. My change: an intensive group cycle class at the YMCA.
I have discovered something that is more important than my own efforts in going to the next level in any area of my life—the connections with people who motivate my growth process. Since starting this website, I have found an array of other people who, through their sites, bring inspiration and challenges of their own. The Internet can be a good medium for fostering connections that challenge and encourage us.
On Tuesdays I will share a challenge that I will be taking for an upcoming time period. And that is where this becomes INTERACTIVE. I want you to Try It With Me.
I will post a variety of challenges from different areas including intellectual, social, physical, spiritual and creative, and they will involve reading, writing and/or practicing. I welcome suggestions of challenges to try and will consider linking to your personal challenges you have posted on your own site; just contact me.
Some challenges will be for a week, others will be for a month or longer. Some Tuesdays may not have a new challenge. You and I can share our progress on Tuesday, too, and in the process help each other. I will create an organized way to share as this grows, but for the meantime, just leave comments on Tuesday posts with your feedback and progress. Or if you would rather, write about your progress on your own site and email me a link to include on a Tuesday post.
Are you ready to Try It With Me?
Here’s an easy first one to get us started:
Smile more often this week.
This challenge comes from a child’s smile that inspired me toward better health and my old copy of How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. He said,
An insincere grin? No,that doesn’t fool anybody. We know it is mechanical and we resent it. I am talking about a real smile, a heartwarming smile, a smile that comes from within.
Leave a comment on this post or next Tuesday and tell me what your smile brings!