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Facing the day - moments of reflection

Thursday, July 25, 2013

There are so many ways to get side-tracked from the lifestyle and wellness goals I make. And the variety of the distractions seems endless. What I find most surprising is the way that I have to go into my day with specific ideas in my head to meet the visual distractions that I know will be competing for my time, my wallet, and my intentions.

What passes for news and entertainment is packed with ads for food, product and promises of "a better life". A better life by whose definition?
New flashing LCD displays with changing colors and motion video invite one to expect that responding to brief snippets of information is the way to be "on top of things". What is quantity of ideas without the substance, veracity and credibility of the source?

Knowing what is out there, in the real world, it is no wonder that the personal reflection that used to wait until the end of the day gets done at the beginning of the day. I'd love to spend more active exercise time in the early morning hours; but I have to have all cylinders firing to face the onslaught of mixed media messaging that threatens to shake the foundations of what I want out of my goals. I need that quiet time to totally focus on setting my thinking straight, first thing in the morning, before obligations to family, work world, and digital life kick in.

It's in the morning (the previous night's grab and go foods have been positioned for ease of mindlessly grabbing to put into the cooler bags with ice packs) that I am ready to check in with the SparkPeople Community, to find some inspiration from the posts and experiences, and to use the suggestions from SparkCoach to get a step closer to goals, to maintain the consistency with the habits that are part of the transformative process.

So my best offense is the morning reflection of immersing my thinking in the value of my goals: how I will carry them out, where I stand in the implementation, where and how I need support, how I will know that I have made it. Having defended my lifestyle heritage, I am ready, I think, to face that new day.
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FEMISLIM 7/27/2013 11:08AM

    How right. Personal reflection keeps us on track in every aspect of life.

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JLDACQ 7/25/2013 10:20AM

    Taking the time to "take stock" every day is challenging for most of us on a good day; I applaud you for doing this activity daily.

The world we live in is so wired to digital media that it has created a society of "right now" information. I don't read a lot of the news in the paper or online, for example, I barely get 2 or 3 headlines in the morning on the radio. Watch the news on TV? If I had time, I might, but even those headlines don't always apply to where I am or my situation. And distractions seem to be a constant influx into our lives, everything from updates on social medias to the kids wanting another glass of juice.

I think I need to "unplug" soon. :-D

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