Friday, April 13, 2012

Criss-Cross'll Make Ya Jump Jump!

Saturday, April 14th is

Reach as High as You Can Day.

This is a holiday I can get into, and probably a lot more fun than Ex-Spouse Day also "celebrated" today.

So if you want to get all New Age, we can talk about the "Reaching High" being the stretching for your dreams and attaining your lofty goals, those goals that you once thought unattainable.

For those interested in healthier living, the "Reaching High" could be described as that stretch that perfectly aligns the body and thereby the soul.

For those who are more spiritually inclined, the "Reaching High" could possibly be man's (or woman's) yearning for God and the extending of your spiritual mynd to truly reach out to Him.

For the more pragmatic, "Reaching High" means getting the crapola off the very top of the kitchen cabinets, perhaps to donate Aunt Mabel's unused punch bowl to those less fortunate...or selling it for cash. It could also mean cleaning out the cobwebs and I'm not being figurative there.

I like to think of "Reaching High" as more fun and literal activity akin to when we were kids and we used to settle in under a light in the kitchen and looking up, spin around as fast as we could. Alas, that is a game for the young at heart and of body...since I just had to calm my stomach to avoid a dinner "reveal" of epic and technicolor proportions.

Do you remember jumping?

I remember jumping in puddles.  I remember jumping off a moving swing set. I remember jumping up on curbs and then back off. I remember jumping over fences. I've jumped into a pool, sometimes into the waiting arms of my parents. I've jumped from rock to rock to cross a stream. Someday, I hope to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

The key to a good jump is two-fold:
  1. Sell out to the jump. There is no half-jump. You wanna get hurt? Try half-jumping over a fence! Half-jumping off a swing set is a sure fire way to get kicked in the back of the head by the kid on the swing next to you.
  2. Hands Up! Nothing says jump like getting your hands involved. Your arms and hands are the bands pulling you higher as you leap.
Watch a kid jump, there is no greater joy and no greater determination. Kids have no idea how to half-heartedly jump nor do they feel embarrassed about jumping. Even the folks in the clubs who are jumping manage to at least get one lame unmoving hand in the air.

Close your eyes and try to jump, unless you get vertigo or something that makes it dangerous.

I've made my goal of jumping towards Heaven as many times as I can in 60 seconds three times a day. This New Age-Spiritual-Athleticism is going to help me clear the literal and figurative cobwebs in my life.

In the spirit of two hands up, WilyGuy, your Master Mynd is doing a giveaway! As many of you know, part of the reason that I began writing this blog was due to reading some tremendously funny bloggers. One of those bloggers is Jenny Lawson, otherwise known as The Bloggess. I am all about showing love and respect to those that inspire me.

Recently, Jenny had her first book published and it is due to be released on April 17th. I will be giving away a Kindle Edition version of the book to be purchased and sent to your email address on the 17th!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Not doing it, in the immortal words of Criss (or was it Cross) would be

"Wiggity, Wiggity, Wiggity, Whack!"


  1. I was supposed to post a comment above for another entry for Jenny's book but it didn't allow me to. I'm assuming then I should post here. I started following your blog through Jenny. Her first blog I ever read was Beyonce and have been reading ever since. I adore her and her humor and would LOVE to have a copy of her book. I'm also an admirer of your work as you probably know by now. I check every day for updates. I loved your key to a good jump. I'll have to remember that as I am totally into Zumba. I'm not sure what to Reach High for right now except to, as best I can, get through this vertigo illness I have which makes actual jumping a problem, lol. But if I gonna do it I will most definitely not half-jump but give it my everything, lol.

  2. I'm glad you're enjoying my warblings.

    The Giveaway runs through the 16th, but at this point, you've got an inside track!

  3. I want to win! Me. Over here. I'll even jump high for it, and I hate jumping.

  4. Wily Guy- great post! Thanks for reading & commenting on my blog- like the smell of Chocolate Cookies baking too! I will definitely be reaching high this year as I reach to grow my self and my business. I would love to reach hgh in a hot air balloon!

  5. Nice! Hot air balloon, my mom went up in one I think.

  6. totally, that was cross. you've got me so far out on a tangent here - do you remember that video? that song will be playing in my head for the next, like twelve years. :) now excuse me while i catapult off a swing set...

  7. If you've seen Friends With Benefits with Justin Timberlake, (very funny) he sings part of it... I still love that song.

  8. I did a cartwheel about 5 years ago, and I haven't been the same . :(

  9. A cartwheel onto a tick?

  10. I remember jumping as a child and my grandsons love to jump off the freezer into nanna's arms, nowadays if I was to try jumping I would end up with pee running down my leg so no not going to do

  11. I remember what a big deal it was to master jumping and skipping skillz before going to kindergarten.  The good old days!

  12. Really! Of course, many of our stay at home mom types also had us most of the way to reading as well....

    Ah, the good old days.

  13. When I was a kid, I used to hold my mom and dad's hands as I walked between them.  Then I would say "ONE.....TWO.....THREE....JUMP!" and they would lift me high into the air.  But I couldn't pronounce J's, so it sounded more like "Yump."

    I even had special sneakers which I called my "Yumping shoes."

  14. Yumpin' Yiminee!

    Hey, did you click all the buttons on the giveaway? I'm seeing a comment, but no entry. Make sure you at least click that one!

  15. I haven't experienced a good ump in years....great post!

  16. You should come down and we'll jump, but you never make it down this way.... Lol

  17. Oh, no.  I bought the book already, so I figured someone else should win!  Thanks!

  18. I saw your comment on Jenny's blog today and came over because of the title of this post - love it! Also, I wish I would've seen this earlier, though I happily paid my $18 to the bookstore the other day to buy her book. It's AMAZING. So, to whoever wins it, you're one lucky person! Keep up the good work! 

  19. Welcome aboard, please see the burser for the arrangements regarding where you will sleep...err, maybe not. I don't even know what a burser is, but it sounds painfully unpleasant.




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