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Circles of Care


This past Saturday, in celebration of the 36th birthday of the head coach of my gym, I participated in three different workouts that incorporated his age into reps or time. I fully embrace the use of exercise as celebration and, as with servings of cake, ice cream and friends around the table, when it comes to fitness festivities, the more the merrier! As it turned out, they also all utilized 10 as a multiple and so it was that I completed 360 reps, three different times through the mid-day hours. Give me a number pattern any day and I’m happy – but make it relevant to a metaphorical concept and I’m over the moon (the shape of which is conveniently congruent as you’ll see, or perhaps have already gathered).




After that first workout, I was excited to realize we had moved from 36 to 360 and come full circle, which seems appropriately fitting for a birthday moment. To be clear, I understand the full revolution around the sun for us here on this 3rd nearest planet is 365(6) days, but I am going to adapt poetic license, some creative rounding and roll with the 360 for the purposes of this blog.

At the start of the school year for my sons, there was the initiation of a newly built classroom, highlighted in a campaign for “Closing the Circle” of campus, filling a void where a temporary building sat many years longer than was intended. This phrase creates a sense of finality and exclusion, not fully communicating the experience of creating the classroom and the sense of wholeness it brings to the campus and community. With one simple edit, I offer a more reflective phrase to describe the experience: “Completing the Circle.”