A for accomplishment

My legs are aching and my family think it is so funny every time I sit down, as it is down very slowly with a grimace on the face!
You see, a few days ago I walked up to the top of our local mountain – Mt Lofty (people who have ‘real’ mountains would laugh and call it a hill). I have been wanting to do it for a long time and decided on the spur of the moment that ‘today was the day.’

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It was a beautiful day and I had a few teenage kids with me, who were kind enough to wait for the ‘old lady’ as I sucked in air trying to keep up with their cracking pace. The last 800 metres seemed to go forever! Coming down was fun, but surprisingly tough on the legs too!
At the end, I was surprised how good it felt to know I had done it and even the sore muscles since have strangely been a nice reminder of my accomplishment.

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PERMA is an acronym that I have discussed before – each letter represents what is needed for one to flourish.

Positive Emotion
Engagement
Relationships
Meaning
Accomplishment
I think in my life I had forgotten about the A for accomplishment. I know that I do not like being out of my comfort zone and because of that, I wonder if I do not accomplish as many things, or take what I would term ‘adventure risks’?

Today may I encourage you and your kids to try something new or do something that you challenge you have been thinking about for awhile. The feeling of accomplishment at the end is a good thing for the mind and body.

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One thought on “A for accomplishment

  1. SAHMRI want PERMA to be as common as Slip, Slap, Slop, so that everyone is SA when saying ‘how is your PERMA going? will understand.
    SAHMRI have a Facebook page and a website now ‘The Wellness and Resilience Centre’ is teaching and measuring PERMA PLUS (plus being excercie, diet, sleep) within a number of cohorts from the cradle to the grave.
    Keep your writing up and I’ll send you by email a great PERMA poster.
    My dad was way ahead of his time in using Positive Psychology when a POW and his paintings from this time bring this out on http://www.changipowart.com
    Cheers,
    Keith

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