Ask Fashion and Substance: Discovering pleasure in tough occasions | Opinion

Dear style & substance,

Joy is everywhere during the holiday season. Ornaments, signs, greeting cards, wrapping paper – all with just the word JOY. I am fascinated by the idea of ​​joy. How do we find and keep them alive, especially in difficult times?

Winter holidays are the festival of gathering and light, but also time for holy rest and reflection. This time of year and the winter solstice can guide us as we explore light and darkness, joy and sorrow. Somewhere in between is the awareness and the lingering of the shadow. When winter begins we step into the lengthening of daylight and the lessening of darkness. Just as the increasing light is subtle, joy can also be a little delicate and elusive.

“The eye is always caught by light, but shadows

have more to say. “

~ Gregory Maguire

How we “see” joy and how we “experience” joy can be very different. When you envision your own interpretation of joy, you can experience it as an ubiquitous part of your life rather than fitting into a particular cultural representation. Finding your own is the key to making joy a living element in your life. Society calls out that joy resides in lively conversation, large family gatherings, busyness, and the holiday hype. Joy can also be found in silence, in quiet love, in deep conversations, in leisure and calm.

“Find out where joy resides and give it a voice that goes far beyond singing. To miss that

Joy is missing out on everything. ‘

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

On the way from elusive joy to fleeting joy, to surges of joy, to lasting joy, we invite you to look at the shadows or the edges of joy, something in between that naturally adds to your piece of happiness, silence, or consolation Peace can be.

Too much light or emotion can be extremely intense, too strong where the senses are overloaded and it is not sustainable. Similarly, too much darkness brings with it despair and a strong sense of regret that disconnects and isolates. Finding a middle ground in the shadows is an exploration of balance and contentment. Shadows add a sense of depth and texture to our life experience. They recognize the presence of light, filter and create a seductive, almost secret look or an interpretation. Shadows give the viewer a beauty, an experience that is not as extreme as bright light or deep darkness.

‘When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never fades.’

~ Buddha

Calm down, stop, explore, and find a middle ground. Be curious and accommodating about who you hang out with and what you do in this balance of emotion and commitment. Your intensity is yours, it doesn’t have to match or match of others. Inner understanding gives your handwriting authenticity and simplicity, joie de vivre – the elevation of the spirit. You are a light and pure version, not a mirror of someone else.

A cute granddaughter was asked if she saw ANY stars while we were staring at the winter moon this week. She replied with awe and said, “I see ALL the stars!” Optimism and hope are our wish for you; a new year of hopeful light and discerning darkness. Look for ALL stars.

Sally Meisenheimer and Michele Armani are the owners of style & Substance, which offer life coaching and creative solutions. Meisenheimer and Armani are certified life coaches with many years of experience in health education, personnel development and teaching. They have been married together for over 60 years and raised seven children. Questions and comments emailed to yourstyleandsubstance@gmail.com.

Anthony Joshua warned by Michael Hunter: ‘Oleksandr Usyk’s model is essentially the most tough’ | Boxing Information

Anthony Joshua may soon find out that former cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk “has enough strength to absorb and take blows,” says Michael Hunter.

Joshua’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles are at stake when he is challenged by Usyk live at the Sky Sports Box Office at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next Saturday.

Usyk, an Olympic champion like Joshua, inflicted the only loss on points on Hunter before becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion.

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Anthony Joshua says Usyk’s size is not a key factor in the battle for the world title

“He’s light-footed and defensive,” Hunter told Sky Sports about Usyk.

“It will be very difficult to actually win against Usyk in a certain way.

“Joshua will have a specific game plan and will have to follow it. It will be a very difficult task.”

“If he can do it? Give the man credit.

“Because that fighting style is the most difficult for him.”

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Joshua plans to nail Usyk down at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Hunter has joined Usyk in the heavyweight division and insists that former cruiser weights still have strength: “Anyone in the 200 pound weight class is pretty much a heavyweight. We all hit hard.”

Hunter said of Usyk, “Although he doesn’t focus on hitting hard, he has enough strength to absorb and withstand blows.

“It builds up and it is taller than me, it has a certain length.

“He’s going to do exceptionally well. He hasn’t taken Ls and has had no trouble since turning pro.

“A lot of people say he didn’t do his best.

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Joshua vs Usyk, Saturday, September 25th, live at the Sky Sports Box Office

“He’ll have to do it against Joshua.

“He’s done it a couple of times, like the Olympics. He’s a class A boxer.

“Joshua is still learning on the job, gaining experience.

“There’s an element of surprise because we don’t know what kind of Joshua will come out.

“We know what kind of Usyk will come out, we just don’t know at what level.”

See Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk live at the Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday September 25th.

Tiger Woods’ accidents are ‘harder to heal,’ says surgeon

The orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Boden explained the extent of Tiger Woods’ injuries and what his recovery could look like at CNBCs “The News with Shepard Smith” after the golfer’s devastating fall on Tuesday morning.

“We know it’s an open fracture, which means that the bone has at least temporarily entered the skin and broken in multiple places. This was a very high-energy fracture that makes it a little more difficult.” to heal, “said the professor of orthopedic surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was fortunate to be alive after crashing his sport utility vehicle on a steep, winding road in Palos Verdes, south of Los Angeles.

Tiger Woods is “awake, responsive, and recovering” from lengthy surgery to repair what a doctor called a “major injury” to his right leg Explanation posted through his official Twitter account on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET. It is the 10th operation for the 45 year old golfer.

Dr. Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said Woods suffered “comminuted open fractures” in the upper and lower portions of his right leg. To stabilize Wood’s leg, doctors had to insert a rod, screws, and pins into his foot and ankle.

Boden told host Shepard Smith that the additional information about the golfer’s ankle and foot injuries says a lot about recovery time.

“If these injuries affect the smooth articular surface of the bones on which they move in the ankle or foot, it could be a problem in long-term recovery and arthritis and restore full range of motion,” Boden said in a Wednesday evening interview.

Boden also noted that “there is a risk of infection” but that we do not know the size of the skin opening so “we cannot be sure about it”. He added that while the rebound will be tenacious, “it is never advisable to count tigers when it comes to making a comeback.”

Jamie Murray explains why Novak Djokovic’s NBA-style bubble thought can be troublesome to drag off in tennis

Jamie Murray says quarantine for long periods is “not good for your sanity” while also acknowledging that Novak Djokovic’s proposal to implement an NBA-style bubble would be “very difficult” to replicate in tennis.

The world’s best tennis players had to self-isolate for 14 days in Melbourne and Adelaide before the Australian Open 2021.

The players were only allowed to train for a short time each day and when the sport finally got going, several players were fighting mentally and physically.

World number 1 Djokovic, who sustained an injury en route to winning a ninth Australian Open trophy, said the majority of players do not want to continue the season if it means going through multiple quarantine periods.

He also came up with the idea of ​​an NBA style bubble for tennis where all events are held in the same location.

Novak Djokovic reveals that talks about the future of the tennis season are ongoing

Doubles specialist Murray admits that he and his partner Bruno Soares aren’t sure when they’ll be returning to the ATP Tour, but says the current situation is not healthy.

“We’re not entirely sure what we’re up to, but we want to play in Acapulco and Miami, assuming they go on as planned next month,” he wrote on his BBC Sports column.

“We should have exceptions through the ATP in order to travel and take part in competitions. There is the added stress for the players of getting flights without knowing if you will test positive on arrival and then sitting in your room in quarantine for long periods of time.

“It is not a great preparation for your sanity. It’s a strange time and I don’t know how long it will go on.

“Novak Djokovic recently launched the idea of ​​an NBA-style bubble. In an ideal world, the tour would move to one country for six or seven weeks and host a variety of tournaments.

“In reality, it is obviously very difficult because the tour does not run the tournaments.

“Hopefully the world can be vaccinated and we can once again compete in a normal world with people who are free to watch us play.

“But it still feels like we’re far from it.”

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