Do you believe in Coincidences? Or do you believe that everything happens for a reason?
Since I began my Spark journey last October, I've been learning so much about being mindful. It seems that most of my life has been a blurrrrrrrrrrrr . . . . passing so quickly that I seem to have been a spectator rather than a participant.
Events of the past year have definitely been directing me into new pathways. As a 60 year old, I'm finding that change isn't as easy as it was when I was in my 20's. It's pushing me outside my comfort area and requiring that I open my heart and mind to new ideas and concepts. Yeah, scary.
And as I look forward, I don't see a yellow brick road winding gracefully into the sunset. In fact, I don't know where it will lead at all. But as I lift my foot to move forward, I see the next stepping stone appear before my eyes. . . . just in time.
Just like SparkPeople happening to me just at the right time. Giving me the tools to not only make a difference in my health and weight loss efforts, helping me establish principals and discipline that interwove into other facets of my life as well.
Bad Leroy Brown and I have a morning ritual. He loves to cuddle on my lap (wrapped in his blankey) while I'm having coffee with hubby before he leaves for work. But it's not enough that I'm holding and petting Leroy. We have to make eye contact. We have to hold that connection for a few moments so that he knows that I'm REALLY looking at him. We have to really connect.
When's the last time you connected with yourself? Are you living your life or just observing it? (Slow motion or fast forward.) When's the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror and like what you saw and were proud of yourself.
If it's been a while (or perhaps it's never happened), why not take a few moments to actually connect with yourself. Today. Right now. Or commit yourself to a time when you won't be busy.
Grab a notebook and a pen. Then look at yourself in the mirror.
Not just your body, but look into your eyes, into your soul.
What do you see? Do you like it? Write it down.
If you don't like what you see, write that down too, and be as specific as you can.
Then think about those thing you do or don't like it about yourself.
Then think about what you can do to make it different.
Then set yourself up to succeed.
SparkPeople has a vast resource area of helpful articles and related sites that can help get you get started on your journey towards living your life.
I don't believe in coincidences. I truly believe that timing is everything and the fact that you're reading this is not a coincidence.
Choose today to learn to love and respect yourself if you don't already.
Be honest with yourself.
Forgive yourself for the missteps and mistakes of yesterday.
(Yes, learn from them, but stop beating yourself up.)
Be good to yourself.
You and I only have one day. . . . today.
Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is only a hope.
Let's not lose today.
Let's make it a good one!