Thursday, May 26, 2011
Today was one of “those days”. I awoke, headed to the basement, to discover water seeping in from the extensive rains over the past few days. I sighed, shook my head and proceeded to the laundry room to look for clean underwear. Not a pair in sight. I considered then quickly dismissed borrowing some from my son, when I realized they might make it to my ankle and no further. That thought alone made me giggle.
So what’s a girl to do? I opted for “commando” mode. Yep, that’s right, no undies today for me! How, you may wonder, is it going? Well, it feels kinda gross to me. Besides that, countless times today I have thought about being underwear-less and berated myself for not having it “together enough” to keep up with the laundry. What kind of a person goes “commando”? What kind of a MOM are you?
After about the 10th such distressing thought, I finally got it. I can wallow in my less-than-perfect crisis mode, or I can embrace it, and even giggle to myself about it when I’ve checked my fly so many times today to be sure nothing was visible! Which thought feels better? It feels better to be comfortable with “good enough”. Just because I’m going commando today doesn’t mean I’m not valuable. Going commando doesn’t typify my life. And going commando isn’t the end of the world!
And guess what? This applies to my healthy lifestyle choices too. I started this most recent leg of my health journey just over 2 weeks ago now. The goal was to kick the sugar habit, feed myself nourishing food and lose some weight in the process. I haven’t had a “commando day” yet as far as my eating choices are concerned. But when the day comes, I hope I can give myself the permission to be OK with it. If I “fall off the wagon” for one meal or snack, it doesn’t have to ruin the whole day/week/month. It doesn’t mean my whole journey is in vain. I’m learning to embrace less-than-perfection. It’s good enough! Get back up and go for it!