WOW! Anyone else having a slow start to the New Year? I know you may have heard ALL the NEW things that are being proclaimed, 40 is the new 30, sitting is the new smoking, I could go on & on, instead, I figured I would jump on the bandwagon and allow you an opportunity to change the way you look at the proclamations and resolutions you may have made this and other years. As we grow and learn, we often evolve our perspective on things that have long held appeal and sometimes even had power over us. The concept of “Wellness” is one of those things that is ever-changing and evolving-you have to do THIS, Wait! Not THAT, don’t eat eggs, wait, eat eggs, a dizzying array of instructions bombarding us daily, that seem to change moment by moment. It can be overwhelming, especially this time of year when we are supposed to commit to being better, striving for more, reinventing ourselves. All these instructions along with our already busy lives can make us feel even more than ever that we are ever failing at something.
So what is the point of my edict February is the new January?
Quite simply, why does self-evolution have to be all at once? Why does January have to be the only time that we look at what we are doing and tell ourselves we need to be better, it is time to let go of the all or nothing mentality of the new year’s resolutions and commit to being consistent with one small thing we can take with us throughout the year. My idea of wellness is often based on simple things that DO NOT require extreme measures just consistency. If whatever, if anything, you decided to work on, has fallen by the wayside, or if you have faltered, simply just pick it up and start again.
One of my favorite sayings along those lines is “If you discovered you have a flat tire, would you solve it by slashing the other 3”? (I confess I do not know the origin of this Confucius maybe? did he drive?) Point is, so you were less than stellar in your goals, so what? So you may have binged watched some seriously meaningful show (2 or 3 times) instead of taking a walk or going to the gym as you promised yourself you would, you may have tried a new way of eating and it only lasted 3 days, so what? Was meditation something you wanted to incorporate into your life and it hasn’t worked out yet? None of this means you are incapable of getting there, it doesn’t mean you have to give up, it means letting go of self-sabotage, putting aside old ways of thinking. Life processes and progress are not ALL or NOTHING propositions. If you fell short, the good news is you gleaned benefit from even doing any of these things just once, chalk it up as money in the bank and just keep letting the balance grow. Pick up the gauntlet and continue on, you are not starting from scratch, you have a CAR (you), 3 tires (a place to start), the knowledge you learned from past driving experiences, and the ability to drive! So GO! Solve to get it done, grab a jack or cell phone to call someone to use it!
I started my 6 simple things blog to get you started on your way, picking just one thing and incorporating that small thing into your life, can have great benefits, start with 6 Simple Benefits of Oxygen a few months in, pick another one and so on, you will soon be on your way to your best self!
Finally, be creative in your solutions, be forgiving, have some FUN, and forge on! CHEERS!