"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique."
The quote above from the remarkable Martha Graham leads us nicely from the uniqueness of last week to the Vitality of this week. The dictionary definitions of vitality are: "the state of being strong and active"; "energy"; "physical or mental vigour".
The meaning of vitality was really brought home to me when I was watching a wonderful television programme, 'Fabulous Fashionistas' on Channel 4. The hook was fashion, but it was a life affirming programme which went much further, about 6 women who had an average age of 80. These were women who had faced sadness, such as some losing husbands after 50 years of happy marriage, or physical issues like replacement knees and hips. But my Heavens, they are also women who worked in Gap at 70 or are still directing West End shows at 87. It was all down to attitude and outlook and each one of them was fizzing with more vitality than I could manage on the Wednesday night when I watched it.
Going back to our quotee, Martha Graham, she was one of the most influential dancers / choreographers of the 20th Century. Like the above mentioned women, she was 76 when she danced her final role and continued to choreograph until her death at 96.
We all have days when we feel less than vital. It could be down to the weather, having a cold, just feeling generally bleurgh. But do you remember those times when you have felt rough, but still managed to go on a day out, or carried on working because you were really excited about a project? Vitality, like so many things, can be a state of mind. So, if you are having an off day, how do you create vitality?
One way is to focus on something which you find exciting, or about which you are passionate. Often in coaching sessions, I will see people who have been slumped in their chairs suddenly sit up and become animated when talking about their pet project or their dream. So spend time doing things you love. And if you can't actually be doing the thing you love, try to capture that feeling of excitement whilst doing the mundane job, to give you a positive boost.
And if all else fails, pop over to Youtube for a short clip of the show and get inspired by the Fabulous Fashionistas!
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