Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Beauty of it All

Pied Beauty
Gerald Manley Hopkins

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spáre, strange;
Whatever is fickle, frecklèd (who knows how?)
With swíft, slów; sweet, sóur; adázzle, dím;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is pást change:

Práise hím.

One of my favourite poems relating to beauty - ever woken up with the sky an intoxicating blue, a gentle breeze blowing and the soft morning light dancing across your bedcovers (only today to become stinking hot later on, but that is for another post!)

On Wednesdays I teach two classes, an early early RPM and Bodystep in the mid morning. My RPM class is a small but very loyal bunch who I love to teach every morning - a few come to High Performance, but Wednesday has a very different vibe to it. It's as if I come to a small family celebration. I deliberately chose pretty complex choreo to learn for Step this week in my quest to be a banging step instructor and was delighted to teach my whole class with only a few minor mistakes.

I then met hubs (today's task was purchase of new dining table (Recycled Aussie Hardwood - blissfully beautiful) and an outdoor setting (lightweight and easy to clean..woot) and commented that the reason I love teaching so much is what I get in return for making the effort. I get friendship, I get smiles, I have a laugh, I am challenged and I feel so good about myself. I swear I need to bottle this feeling to see me through the downtimes..".Eau de StinkyBike Shorts Liz perfume", perhaps?

The only downside of my day is that perhaps I got too vigorous with the mattress testing yesterday - I have a very odd painful lump on the border of my clavicle/acromion (near shoulder). Ah well, a sniff of "Eau de Stinky" and I'm thinking "I'm sure this problem can be solved!"

Time for dinner - leftovers! It's about all I can afford after our few days of Economic Stimulus..


ss2306 said...

Loving Julia Child even more now!!

Chelle said...

Hi Liz,
How long have you been following the Precision Nutrition system for? Just curious. I've been researching different programs for what seems like an eternity now and according to Berardi's research/articles, this seems to be the most complete package i have ever come across (even though i havent receieved it yet, but i'm so excited to start it!)
Chelle =)

LizN said...

If I can think of an example of someone who lived their life with gusto, Julia would be a fine example!

Chelle, if you want to ask me anything about PN - just visit my site and drop me an email via the contact me page form. More than happy to chat with you about it.


Chelle said...

Cool thanks =)

Dianna Broeren said...

New house and all the new things that goes with it sounds exciting! Soon there will be lots of rooms to be christened! LOL! I am so childish....but you did get my mind started with yesterdays blog title! XX

RaeC said...

BAHAHA!! love the perfume name. Will it be out in time for Christmas??? ;)

Kerry W said...

Hmmm...Julia Childs...beautiful poem...brings the senses to life. And yes - to waking to intoxicating blue skies, breezes & bedcovers...isn't life intoxicating? :)