five minute friday {stretch}

August 17, 2012Karen Courcy

Welcome to five minute Friday to where us bloggers where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing.

No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.

Today’s Five minute Friday word is {connect}


I am stubborn when I see something ahead of me, but I have to take it slow to get there.

I will look at the end of an email and then read the beginning. I sometimes will skip certain steps to get to where I need to get to faster.

I was the type of girl in school who didn’t want to do the homework in school, but just wanted to ace the tests to get through to the next round. I would be the type of girl in school that would skip sections in the workbooks and get to the harder parts not realizing the easier parts is what made the harder parts more successful.

When I worked out weight training with Jose back in 2007, we would always begin our training with stretching, and end it with stretching, and it was the part I hated the most.

I wanted to get into the gym and just LIFT! I wanted to go in there and begin the hard stuff right away – skip the stretching, that seemed wimpy to me.

What I learned over the course of time in weight training was, the stretching was actually the most important part. It was taking care of your body before and after a hard workout. I came to realize that the stretching actually enhanced the good stuff at the end, and I began to pace myself more to do it.

In my healing and in my life, I have learned to slow down and take the steps needed to get to where I need to get to, because those steps are just as important as the result.

I will now read an email from the beginning first and not jump to the end to the result, because the beginning is just as important as the end.

I will now hear my therapist say “lets slow down and honor this” and that is a lot like stretching. It’s the conditioning of the soul and mind before getting to something hard, and it truly works when I allow myself that time.

When I started working out again this past week, I again wanted to jump right into the hard stuff, but I remembered that stretching before and after is allowing my body to be taken care of so that the hard stuff won’t hurt me.

Stretching in life is so important and I realize that now.. I realize if I pace myself and slow down, I will get to where I want to get to, and it will be healthier in the long run.



  • Dawn

    August 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Nice. Even as a Trainer myself I had to learn to practice what I preach. I used to preach the importance of stretching but like you, I wanted to hit the weights and hit them hard. I guess we grew up ! lol. Anyway at least learning that slowing down and giving honor in the present moment, ultimately is also more glorifying to God. I like your therapist’s wisdom!
    I shared in similar fashion:
    Happy Training and Healing, Dawn

    1. Karen Courcy

      August 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Hi Dawn!! Wow so you went through a lot of that same things I did as far as really just wanting to go forward without taking the beginning steps sometimes! it’s so important and I realize that now!! Yes I love my therapist wisdom too, he has truly taught me a lot about ME.

      Thank you Dawn.. thank you for stopping by!

  • Julie Anne

    August 17, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    baha, I confess, I skimmed this post and then went back and read it! 🙂 I can’t really relate to the stretching with exercise… I never exercise. But in life I am always rushing, I need to learn to slow down!
    visiting from 5MF!

    1. Karen Courcy

      August 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      LOL Julie, thats funny! stretching is a lot like life in itself.. preparing yourself for a busy day, like eating breakfast.. can’t do much if you don’t have the fuel 🙂 … thanks for stopping by

  • Nikki

    August 17, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Stretching enhances the good stuff….I love that thought!
    Striving to appreciate the slow process required to refine me…it’s in the stretching I learn how much more I am capable of through Him.

    Wonderful write, Karen! Happy Friday to you!!

    1. Karen Courcy

      August 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      Thank you Nikki!!! I loved your write too 🙂

  • Christy

    August 17, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Karen: We often hear about physical stretching in working out, but how often do we think about our own mental stretching? I don’t think we often see the importance in that. It’s like mental stretching is allowing yourself to be in the process instead of rushing ahead to having the answers or the feeling better part. Thanks for that reminder!

    Your new friend, Christy
    A Heartening Life

    1. Karen Courcy

      August 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      Christy, I am so glad we are friends, it was so nice chatting with you through email.. your welcome.. and thank you for the nice comment! 🙂

  • Shannon

    August 17, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Funny Karen because I always knew this about you! I remember those days in school when you hated the homework and the steps, but always managed to A that test! haha I wish I took more time for those steps in my life being a mom, and sometimes its hard to remember I am important too. Thank you for reminding me that I am also important, and to take life and stretch my soul

    Shan ~

    1. Karen Courcy

      August 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      Shannon!! – MR. ALLEN! I remember one day he got so mad that I was not taking notes lol .. I hated taking notes just as much as I hated stretching in physical training! I remember the times my friends and I in the past would do workout videos on TV and I would always fast forward the “STRETCHING” part hahah .. so much I know now about how important that is! it has saved me a lot of painful days of pulled muscles 🙂 – good for you for slowing down and taking time out for you, you need to do it for YOU 🙂

  • Sarah Van Beveren

    August 18, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    This is so true Karen – thanks for sharing!
    (stopping in from FMF)

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