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Strength & Beauty

July 15, 2014

We are complex creatures of spirit, mind, and body.  To neglect any part is to impoverish the whole.  To ask less than full participation is to miss out on some of the blessings in this life.

What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. ~ Socrates

ESPN’s Body Issue 2014 is out.  The athletes are tastefully photographed to showcase the beauty and strength of their bodies.  Yes, nekkid.  Probably NSFW.  They are professionals; physical fitness is their stock-in-trade.  Yet, even these, in their days of perfection, are still very different shapes.

His body, that’s what Socrates said.  No one else’s.  I am barely an athlete, and only because I play a team sport for fun.  But even I, 46 – Housewife, want to be good at what I’ve chosen to do.  So I work harder to be stronger, faster, better.  Not more than anyone else is, only more than I was yesterday.  Then, when I experience success, I am in touch with that strength and beauty of which Socrates speaks, my own.

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