Monday, December 31, 2012
During a particularly difficult trial, a wise friend recently encouraged me: "For better or worse, it's all progress." Her admonition was not geared towards adopting a healthy lifestyle, but thinking today of my goals - and mistakes - I realized how profound her counsel was.
Since joining Spark, I've risen to (and crumbled before) many challenges. Like so many of us, today I find myself starting over - again. But am I really? When I made the decision to eat that fast food, to skip my workout, to leave off trying until tomorrow - did I somehow magically gain an extra day in this passing life of mine? No. I gave up yesterday, and gained nothing. (Nothing but an upset stomach and a troubled conscience.)
You see, she was right: for better or worse, it IS all progress. The key is, in what direction are we progressing? Each time we put off making healthy choices until tomorrow, we are taking one more step in the wrong direction. Life doesn't pause while we make bad decisions, and it doesn't wait for us to catch up once we're 'ready' to try again. We don't have unlimited opportunities to do the things that are needed to build a healthy body, mind and spirit. Each day is truly a gift - will we use it, or let it pass us by?
So, this is the decision I've made this moment: I will choose to progress in the right direction. I will take stock of where I'm at, create a plan that will get me where I want to go, and calmly, confidently, head in that direction. There will be no more starting over. The choices I make won't always be the best ones, but I will learn as I go, focussing on my destination. The road may not be straight, but the point is to keep moving forward.
My choice, my path, my progress... my success.
Best wishes to you!