Each of you know that I don’t handle personal transition well. I usually reject change in physical ways, even though mentally they might seem exciting. This weekend we move into our new house that we have been building over the last few months. I’m so excited and yet a little concerned at how I will handle the transition.
Sure, this isn’t the transition that I had earlier this summer with job, home, and location change… but it is a home change and I’m not sure how I will react to this change.
I see it coming and yet I can’t see what’s coming.
I have been listening to Macklemore’s new album over the last week. I really like it and have enjoyed the words and messages he is expressing. It’s one of those albums that you could have great conversations about with him… maybe. Sure, it has bad words and the content is a little rough sometimes, but what he’s saying is important to hear. One of his songs is called “Intentions”. It talks about the overwhelming feelings of wanting to be something different but not doing any of it because its all so overwhelming… and when things get too overwhelming… we find it easier to simply check out.
Those of you who have been going through life changes with weight, exercise, or anything else know that you are filled with intentions. In fact, when we shart changing, we want everything to change… instantly. We expect to , all of a sudden, have super powers to completely correct our lives after years and years of bad habits and hangups. It’s tough and many times we end up biting off more than we can chew… and what comes next? failure… usually a huge crash and burn.
The chorus of the song kicks into a message about being happy with who you are today, and I can’t help but want to put that into practice in my own life. Who am I today, while I remembering who I used to be?
Today, are you okay with who you are?
I’m not were I want to be, but I’m not who I was. Today I will be better than I was and yet not where I will be one day. I’m a work in progress and so are you. Claim those victories and take it one step at a time.
What can change today? Pick one thing and work on that until a new habit is built up.
3+ years ago I started CrossFit. I did that until it became my habit. It’s such a part of my life now that I can’t picture my life without it. I shape my day around it and my body doesn’t like to miss a day. Fast forward to last November when I stepped out of my comfort zone to make a new step of change… Food. My exercise base was there laid out in concrete, but my food sucked! I figured that I workout so much that I could eat anything I wanted… that’s a lie by the way!
Now, my focus is food. I want it to be a habit and a way of life for me. It’s not there yet, but I’m working on it. It’s still a challenge and it hasn’t become a new habit. One day it will be a habit. One day it will be the way I eat and I won’t have to think and obsess about it as much.
I’m not trying to change my whole life at once, but I am working on small changes each day. I still have bad habits that will need to be addressed one day, but that’s not today’s battle.
My encouragement to you and me today is to be happy with who you are today. If you find yourself in a place where happiness if foreign, then what’s one thing you can do to work toward you becoming happy with yourself? What’s one step can you take today?
My first destination is about 1 year and 4 months away. I am not where I want to be, but I will be closer each day… will you?
Chelsi also encourages you to Keep Going! (This just makes me happy… haha!)