It's a journey.... week four
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Just by chance, I learned another new word this week… “peregrinate.” It means to travel or wander from place to place. I may be wrong… but the meaning seems to imply a lack of direction or focus. I thought of how I could apply this to our current journey and I felt compelled to write about doing the “hard things.”
In this era of microwaves, emails, texting etc, we tend to live with the expectation that everything should be easy and instantaneous. Unfortunately, we often carry this expectation over into our healthy living journey. We expect the pounds to drop off quickly and the inches to disappear overnight… but there are no shortcuts to those achievements as it takes focus and hard work. It takes doing the hard things to accomplish those goals. This is where the word peregrinate comes in… we can’t wander with a lack of focus if we want to succeed.
I encourage you to take pride in your efforts, but with that pride also to remember to be patient with yourself. Patience is not just about waiting; it also encompasses the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard on your goals. It’s the deep down knowledge that doing the hard things is worth it because those are the things that ultimately define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living with mediocrity and living with fulfillment and progress.
And if you slip up, don’t get caught up in focusing on your missteps. Don’t let a hard lesson ruin your journey… learn what you can and then refocus your energy on the present steps you are taking. Use the knowledge you gained to take the next step and move on. Allow yourself to be imperfectly human. Failure does not define us… stop, take a deep breath and tell yourself it is okay to be human. And then continue on in your journey. It is not too late to start doing the hard things and to succeed.
“And suddenly you know it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.” (Meister Eckhart)