This statement - Very satisfied with this race. It wasn't perfect, but orienteering hardly ever is.
To me, that's maturity. I like it, and wish I could find myself in that place, too.
I'm really trying. After my bout with injuries I've been working on my positive spirit :) I've been reading a book that I find super cheesy, but I'm trying to suspend my disbelief and get into it.
i just read My Stroke of Insight (I blame NPR...TED Radio Hour). It's about a neurologist who had a stroke, watched her brain fall apart from the inside, and then spent 8 years recovering - to include repurposing neurons to replace the parts of her brain that died. One of her observations as she slowly gained access to her memories was realizing her negative feedback loops (left brain chatter, where she had her stroke), and she talks about how she realized that she had to go through experiencing the emotion, which physiologically takes ~90 sec to clear the body, and then could make a conscious decision to refocus in a positive way and move on. The science behind dealing with our left-brain chatter that tends to go "glass half empty" is interesting, as well as the peace that she found when her right brain was in charge. Some of what she said was a bit much for me, but a lot of it made sense.
I'm reading Thinking Body, Dancing Mind. Hill gave it to me, and I do find it good, although I don't actually do much of what they suggest. Just reading it has to count for something, right? ;)
I've read that! Can't remember much of it though. I do remember it helped me in during the phase that I read it though.
Well, now I have something new to tell the library to put on hold, thank you!
Thinking Body Dancing Mind!! I read that years ago, when I was living in Sweden (so...1988 I guess). I made Kristin Hall (Federer at the time) and Sandy Stripp (at the time) read it too. I thought it was a really good book. Glad to hear you're reading it. Tori, I have a copy somewhere around here and can lend it to you.
Thanks, Peggy! Might take you up on that if the library takes awhile.
Speaking of reading, Sam, I'm reading from one end of the library to the other on teaching, psychology, neuropsychology, special ed, etc etc. Jon and I retire early next year, and after a nearly 2 year "gap year" with the kids (lots of orienteering, backpacking, and travel), I'm thinking about pursuing teaching or research to support teachers with special needs kids. I think I vaguely remember you teaching and integrating orienteering into the classroom - can I pick your brain a bit at some point while you're home for team trials? Realizing you won't have anything else to think about, of course. ;-)