Life is crazy sometimes. We rush here and rush there. Our “list” seems to get longer and longer. The demands on us keep coming and if we stop a quick second and think about it, we might admit we do it to ourselves. Ever found yourself saying “how long has that been there?” only to find that what you just noticed has been there a long time but you were too busy rushing to even notice?
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
– Mohandas K. Gandhi –
Then there’s the subject of diet. Whether you live alone, are a caregiver of an elderly parent, or have spouse and kids to feed, to please . . . quick meals on the run, unhealthy and packaged food, unhealthy and packaged life . . . keep ’em happy and life goes better. How’s that working for you? It wasn’t working for me.
So, I have slowed down a bit. I discovered that when I take better care of me, I still get things done. I get them done BETTER and I feel better. “They” complain sometimes since “they” have grown accustomed to their unrealistic demands on us being met. When that doesn’t work so well, they take a different approach, too. It doesn’t happen over night, but it happens. Those whom we “give in” to will eventually learn to either live without or take initiative.
So, in the past month, I’ve taken moments to cook meals I like even though the other member of my household prefers junk food. I’ve added more healthy fruits and veggies, baked more, taken time to read inspirational writing in between my tasks, “stolen” moments for quiet time where I had thought there were none to find . . . and I’ve gotten everything done anyway. I’ve also slept well, felt better, and lost weight . . . to name a few. There are lots of complaints. Just as I write this I’m getting darting looks from someone who resents my “playing with that thing” instead of their own agenda for my minute or two with you.
I’m doing what I need to do. Those who need my care are more than adequately cared for, but I have also realized I need to take care of myself. So, I will take an extra few minutes in the shower, I’ll play my Christian music, I’ll bake the brownies, I baked home-made muffins for my breakfast. I will make a spinach pie because I love it! If others would rather eat a fast food burger, go ahead. I release you to your choice. I’m learning to take better care of me and it’s the right choice to make. Try it. It’s hard, but it gets easier. I think it’s another way to lead by example.
Meanwhile, have a muffin!