Gymnastics started with the Greeks, displaying skills at mounting and dismounting horses. The word is also from Greek, meaning “to train naked.” I wonder if they ever combined the two? Sure, they did. Anyway, having taken a full semester of gymnastics, I can tell you—the lessons there last a lifetime:
Acrobatics – Oh, yeah, especially helpful as a wife and mother. (Okay, either you really get this one, or you don’t.)
Agility – This training is invaluable: Flitting about, sans clod-hopper noise, has proven especially helpful—in… traffic.
Balance – We learned “slow and steady” on the balance beam. So when tempted, I picture a stocky, short-haired woman wearing a whistle. ‘Works every time.
Confidence – There was this cult. Confidence and conviction got me out of there; these days, I only obey One Coach.
Coordination – From the workplace, to marriage, to heaven’s gate, everyone MUST coordinate!
Flexibility – We all forget and flub. Why not fill in each other’s gaps? Bend over backwards to make somebody else look better?
Floor Exercise – Shall we get down to brass tacks? Humility. Go prostrate. Dig your face into the mat. Get over yourself.
High Bar – On the other hand, set your sights high! Train and strengthen, to weather what this world might be dishing out. …Because it will…
Landing – A surprising amount of training is in how you land.
Parallel/Uneven Bars – Sometimes you just have to straighten up and inch your way along.
Rings – No one promised life wound not have its share of swivels, spins, and spirals. Hold on tight.
Rope Climb – ‘Seems like there’s one of these on every course. Why not rejoice in the ride rather than whining about the calluses?
Strength – Head in to work while others are having coffee. Set phone to “silent.” Buck up, Bucko.
Trampoline – Bounce like Tigger; make it fun. When everyone else is grousing, be the cheerful one!
Tumbling – Helping the young or the weak… because you, too, have done your share of tumbling…
Vaulting – There are those days when there’s no way over that hurdle without a long, running start.