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“How can I better nourish my life?”
All of these small gifts to ourselves add up, like deposits to our Mood and Energy Account, to give us more nourishing days that lead eventually to better-nourished lives.~Becky Johnson
Change is described as often stuck in a state called, “stable misery.” This is a place people tend to park and stall out in their lives.
Misery finally outweighs the fear of making change.
The happiest people are those who look and scrutinize their lives and see what needs to be tweaked.
A few years ago when I participated in The Significant Woman through CRU, I set lofty goals and my desires outweighed my common sense. Since that time, my sleep has improved and my capabilities have reached some of those goals. But I still didn’t have the mental energy or physical stamina to keep up with lofty and dream-filled goals.
I had to readjust, allow for grace, and lower my goals. I wanted to still attain those same goals, but my timing had to be readjusted. I had to learn to accept myself where God had placed me. Once I realized I was in this spot by design, readjusting my goals were easier and I could let go of the failure mentality.
I am learning to rest where God has currently placed me, while at the same time, yearning and striving for more.
Lasting change requires a plan and the motivation.
When I first met my friend, she had her difficulties with her husband. She couldn’t seem to make her marriage better. She was in a cycle of desire, frustration, anger, giving up and starting back to desire again. She couldn’t make her husband the man she desired and dreamed. She couldn’t make her husband a better father to their children. She couldn’t make her husband a better follower of Jesus.
Through a process God lovingly brought her to, she didn’t know what else to do. Finally, she let her expectations go and focused on prayer. She prayed for him to be a loving and supportive husband. She prayed for him to understand and have patience with their children. She prayed for her husband to be a true follower of Jesus.
But more importantly, she prayed for her own attitude and to love her husband as God created him. Not to change him. Not to make him who she thought he should be. Her perspective shifted.
Is her marriage better now because her husband had a dramatic change? No. Her marriage is better because her attitude is now focused on God and for her own ability to love her husband as Christ loves her.
I am learning to love my body the way it is today and not what I hope for. I am choosing healthy eating habits to nourish myself inside and out. I’m done with rushing the process and not making lasting changes. I have big goals, but for now I’m set on loosing 5 or 10 pounds.
My focus has shifted from expecting the perfect body to living a healthy life that fits in with my life goals. My focus is to feel better, move more and feel lighter and healthier. For me to change I need to make realistic goals that I can live with everyday, not just short term.
What is one area you want to see change?
What is one step you can implement to see that change?
What extra expectations do you need to delineate from your life—just for today?
My encouragement to you today. One. Step. At. A. Time.
We can’t eat an elephant all at once. But we surely can, one bite at a time. Whatever your task, whatever your goal, you can tackle it. One. Bite. At. A. Time.
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Notes were taken from “Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep.”~Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph