Thoughts on Hemingway, Yoga, and Downtime


“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

My dream car is sitting in the garage, a 2014 MINI Cooper Countryman S.

I mentioned the car  in a recent post but I’ve been reluctant to talk about the enormous stress that came with the car. I am a bit embarrassed.

The MINI people told me I have to name the car. Apparently it’s a cultural requirement.

I fretted and stewed and kept coming up empty. Nothing fit. I nearly settled on Loretta, from the Beatles lyrics, “get back, Loretta,” because I wanted something kind of badass.

Those Beatles lyrics are too confusing, though. Loretta may have been a man in high-heeled shoes and a low-neck sweater; not a bad thing but not the image I’m looking for.

Then, someone on social media posted the above Hemingway quote, one I didn’t know. Creating memories and staying present to milestones–perfect for a MINI!  And since I’m about to put her on the road to go see my new great-nephew Cooper (Can you believe the synchronicity?), the quote is perfect.

Plus, one of the items I checked off my bucket list a few years back was touring Hemingway’s Key West home and writing studio.

Just like that, my new MINI is named:  Hemingway. But she’s a she Hemingway.

Now, about yoga

Nearly all my blogging colleagues and mentors practice yoga. I know a few poses but have convinced myself that my chronic back condition won’t allow me to join them in practice. Nonsense, I know.

My chiropractor gave me a DVD of sri sri yoga, which I guess is basically hatha yoga. I’m committed now to watch it and learn. Here’s why:

I read an Associated Press story in today’s Dallas Morning News about a Chicago woman who teaches yoga classes to residents of Edgewood, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the metro. Check it out here. Tameka Lawson is the executive director of a nonprofit group called I Grow Chicago.

Lawson’s aim is to help residents “act rather than react” to the violence around them by teaching them yoga’s meditative focus on breathing and slow movements.

How’s that for focusing on a solution instead of the problem? If yoga can work in Chicago’s Edgewood, I’m thinking it can work for just about anybody.

Finally, taking some downtime

I wonder if you struggle with slowing down as much as I do. Last Friday, my sweetie had surgery to repair a detached retina. A routine surgery, but scary as hell, I can assure you. She’s doing just fine, by the way, and the retina is reattached, although her vision won’t clear for about a month.

As her caregiver, I was taken aback by the exhaustion I felt for most of the weekend. At first, I tried to push through it on Friday afternoon, but my body screamed for rest. Ditto on Saturday.

So, I gave in, let go of my self-prescribed obligations and spent the weekend resting. I even checked out of social media which is a hard thing for me. Instead, I napped, snacked (back to healthy eating today!) and read a book. A real book, mind you.

I have a half-dozen books in my office study waiting for me; they’ve been there for months. One has even gathered dust for a little more than four years. That’s the one I picked.

The title? To Have and Have Not, by–wait for it–Ernest Hemingway. Thanks, Papa, for a great weekend read, oh, and for the inspiration to name my car.

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  1. Cathy says:

    Sounds like you are busy there, Beth with the move, new car and being a care giver. The car sounds great. That was one that I had seriously considered, but then my husband found a used porsche, so we went in that direction. We can’t function well with two small cars. Hemingway is a great name, didn’t realize that was their culture, but very fun. Glad you were able to take a break. Love your pic as well, beautiful! Take care.

    • Beth says:

      I’m starting to think the break wasn’t long enough, Cathy! Sometimes the details of living life on life’s terms can be overwhelming but then I try to remember the old adage about eating an elephant one bit at a time. Oh how true!

      A Porsche, huh? Very classy! Lyrics to the Eagles Hotel California come to mind, “On a dark, desert highway, cool wind in my hair . . . ” I can picture you cruisin’!

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by; I always appreciate your comments. B Well!

  2. Melissa says:

    I totally relate to you on slowing down. My high speed Go Go Go is what got me into all things healthy as well as my Energy Medicine I love so much. Not the way it sounds though. I ran myself so far down that the only thing that helped me heal was slowing down and stepping back… It’s nice knowing others have a hard time breaking that old pattern. It get’s easier with time though doesn’t it?

    Nice read 🙂

  3. Beth says:

    Thank you, Melissa! Yes, misery loves company, and you’re right, I’m not nearly as miserable as I once was!

    Thanks for stopping by . . .

  4. Hi Beth,
    I was just in Sun Valley where Hemingway is buried and just watched “Midnight in Paris” with a Hemingway character. So Hemingway has been on my mind. So great name choice for your car!! Also, I highly recommend Yoga although I don’t do it enough. I joined Yogaonline and have really enjoyed that as well!
    Glad you were able to slow down!

    • Beth says:

      Yogaonline, huh, Betsy? So that there really are no excuses? Ugh! Okay, I’ll do it! I know all this gritching will probably turn into, “why the heck did I wait so long?” when I finally get around to it.

      And thanks for the Hemingway thoughts. Here’s to a continued slow down!

  5. Hi, Beth! ~

    I’m not really into naming my cars, but when my kids were little they wanted to name our red Buick 5th Avenue “Ruby”. We took that old car on many roadtrips and adventures. When it broke down in the mountains of Vermont we sang, “Ruby, Ruby when will you be mine?” until she finally (thankfully!) started up again!

    Hopefully, Hemingway will inspire you with the creativity of her namesake, without the insanity

    • Beth says:

      I’ve always said life is a song, Linda! Cool story about your old motorboat Buick named Ruby. Love it! And thanks for the sentiment about my new Hemingway. Yeah, I try to steer clear of insanity today!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to comment!

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