Sometimes we just have a feeling that change is coming. There’s nothing specific that we can put our finger on. It’s just a knowing. Other times we’re at a crossroads, and we know that we have to choose one path or the other. Change is a constant! Nothing — and no one — stays the same indefinitely. I started thinking about this again, after reading today’s post in Daily OM, called “Life Transitions”. It was beautifully written, and was all about how hard it can be to let go of our sense of self, even though it no longer serves us. I wrote about this in a post last week (“Does Your Life Feel Like One Giant Struggle?”).
I wanted to follow up this week with a check in. If you read last week’s post and you recognized yourself in any part of it, I wanted to let you know that you aren’t alone. I don’t know of anyone whose life is perfect. We all have at least a few areas that we know we could do better in. Sometimes those areas are pretty big, and we really need to make some changes quickly — or at least get started making them.
Along those lines, I’ve recently gotten more serious about improving my nutrition and my activity level in order to be healthier. I eat pretty well, but I could certainly eat better. I could keep thinking about it, and the change would never happen. I need to take action. I have to start improving the kinds of food I buy at the grocery store, and then bring into our house. I have to leave the junk food at the store. No one is going to do that for me! It’s a decision I have to make. I need to also start planning meals better and try some new, healthier recipes — instead of the old, “tried and true” ones, which are so easy and familiar.
As for increasing my activity level, that is easier said than done. I am by nature a really sedentary person. I’ve written about this before, and I know that it gets me in trouble with recurring back pain. I know what I need to do, but it isn’t easy. I’ve never thought of myself as an active person. I need to change that concept, before I can hope to make lasting changes. I just need to follow Nike’s advice and “Just Do It!”
I did that this morning. My husband and I got out really early and went for a walk at the beach, to watch the sunrise. It was spectacular! I’m so glad I didn’t choose to start my day by sinking blurry-eyed onto the couch with a cup of coffee instead. I would have missed out on the exercise — and the glorious sky! Over the weekend, we went to a local Monarch Butterfly preserve, and walked among the Eucalyptus trees just mesmerized by the clusters of butterflies all around us! So much amazing nature, but I have to get off of my couch, and out of my house, to be able to enjoy it. The picture with this post is of the sunrise this morning! I could so easily have missed it.
What could you do better? What do you need to change? The changes you need to make might be very different than mine. It doesn’t matter. Don’t settle for the easy route! It isn’t easier in the long run. I’ve had to take an honest look at the choices I’ve been making that haven’t been working for me. Each day is a gift! Let’s use it to make meaningful changes. If you don’t have the life you want, start changing it — little by little! Each new choice brings you closer to living a life that honors you and your purpose in being.
Until next time,
Walking on the beach in the morning and Eucalyptus trees nearby?? I don’t think I’d EVER be able to stay inside! I need to make the exact same changes and I have a lot of excuses. While I do not buy junk food, I have not exercised regularly in quite a while….it’s too cold, I’m too busy….the usual. You are absolutely right. I need to just do it. But still, a beach and Eucalyptus trees would most certainly help! Great post Linda.
Thanks, Cyndi. I know, we’re really spoiled out here! Believe me, I count my blessings all the time. I’m so thankful to live near the beach, for however long we can continue to stay here. It is beautiful, and that makes me even more annoyed with myself. For some reason,I have chosen to not take full advantage of that. I am trying to do better, though, and that’s what counts. Growth is never in a straight line, but for today, I’m making gains. Let me know how you do with the idea of “Just do it!”
By the way, I would share my beach and Eucalyptus trees with you if I could!!