We all have routines.
Alarm, snooze, coffee, shower, check the weather and the news, kids to school, commute, etc.
Yours may not look the same as mine, but the fact remains that we all settle into patterns. These continue through our day, churning forward from when we wake up until we pillow our heads just to tumble towards doing it all again. I like my routine, and generally frown on any change in its simplicity and security. Perhaps it’s the thoughtlessness that has my eyes comfortably glazed over at times. These ruts are very difficult to get out of. And for most of us most of the time, getting out of our motifs and flow isn’t really necessary. What happens, though, if one or some of our regular habits is actually hurting us? Or, what if one thing you do today, that you do everyday, could be altered or eliminated in order to take a step towards living well? I’ve discovered that stepping back and reviewing the way I think, the things I eat and how much (if at all) I exercise is a priceless first step in moving towards the practice of well being.
Do you want to feel better?
Do you want to sleep better?
Do you want to look yourself in the eye in the mirror and smile?
You can. I can.
The funny thing about it all is that heading in the direction of overall well being isn’t as hard as we think it is. It just isn’t. At the same time, it’s not easy either because it’s not going to happen on its own. Think of it this way: every thing you do doesn’t have to change or be different today, next week or even next month. Today, though, you can do something differently that will be a step in the right direction.
DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT TODAY!
Change just one thing, or part of one thing today. Don’t feel like you need to make a drastic revision at the start. There is magic in a subtle shift in thinking, action and purpose. Change a line that is parallel with another. Don’t wrench it out of its place. Just give it a nudge; a tiny change in direction. Then give it time. As it travels along its small but meaningful new path, it is distancing itself constantly from the original bearing.
What if you drank a glass of water with lunch today instead of a diet or regular soda? What if you didn’t have cheese on your burger? What if you didn’t drink that second beer, or any beer today? What if you took 15 minutes to go for a walk after work or school today? What if you took the stairs instead of the elevator? What if you made it a point to catch yourself when you have a negative thought about someone, or even yourself, and found a positive instead? What if?
This could be quite an extensive list, and unlikely to be exhaustive.
What if the one thing you did different today was to make your own list of “one things” to do different?
Living well doesn’t just happen. It isn’t impossible.
Take a step today, just one. For yourself, for your family.
These steps will add up in time. You’ll be moving, growing, changing, feeling good.
It’s that simple, it’s that hard.
Do something different today.