Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change. Jim Rohn
It is getting to be great walking weather when it isn’t raining. Even if it is raining it isn’t always worth canceling a hike. My son invited us for a hike a week or so ago. We said we’d go if it wasn’t raining. The day arrived wet and dreary, the other person showed up and so did we.
A few other brave souls braved the trail that day. It was very enjoyable even though it was wet. Much more enjoyable than if we had stayed home and done nothing.
Life is like that, we can get out and enjoy life, deal with the less than desirable or we can sit at home and do nothing. We are usually happiest when we get involved in life. It is easy to talk our self out of going to the gym, making plans with friends, making plans with family or even our spouse.
We start projects and then they sit there. Every time we go near them we feel bad because they aren’t complete. They always say if you want something done ask a busy person. The people who have all the time in the world don’t seem to be pushed to finish or even start things.
Do we make a mistake when we keep ourselves too busy? Is it better to live a more relaxed life? Does it depend on what we are busy doing, or how we spend our relaxed life? Are we busy going for a walk or to the gym instead of relaxing in front of the TV?
We all have twenty-four hours, no more, and no less. What we do with our twenty-four hours is ours to decide. My garden is beginning to call out to me. It needs time and attention. I see houses where nothing has been planted in twenty-five years. It seems a shame to not plant anything. When one of our neighbors moved into his new house he looked over at my garden disapprovingly, and said, “I’m a fancy Gardner.” He only lived beside us a few years, but in that time we never saw his “fancy gardening” skills. His yard was as bare the day he moved out as it was when he moved in.
He was waiting until he could do his “fancy garden”. Maybe it was time or money but because he couldn’t do it perfectly, he didn’t bother. Sometimes we just have to do what we can, because doing something is better than doing nothing.
It is surprising what we can accomplish if we apply ourselves to projects with small bits of time. An hour here, an hour there and we have a painting, a novel, a fit body, a painted house, a garden. We lament we don’t have time, but we have the same amount of time as the people who accomplish things we only dream of.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis
They go to school and get degrees, raise children, volunteer, go to the gym, grow their own vegetables, build things, renovate their house, and read books. Obviously, it’s how we use our twenty-four hours.
We can say to our self, “If I’d started sooner”, but there are people who start any number of things late in life. There is now, this is all there is, what we start now will grow and develop and in twenty-five years might become something. We think we should have saved for retirement earlier. We should have bought stock in any number of companies, earlier. We should have developed that idea earlier. We should have planted that tree earlier. We should have watched what we ate and gone to the gym earlier.
What’s stopping us from embracing what we know we should have done earlier, now? We feel overwhelmed by choice. We are pulled in so many directions we have a hard time choosing.
As I sit here I wonder could I go for a walk or the gym every day. My mind is telling me no, no, no, that’s too much of a commitment. It is easy to talk ourselves out of doing things. I’m going to settle for the commitment of walking more. That is doable. I can deal with making a commitment to be better, but trying to be perfect makes us not bother to do anything.
Is there some change we want to see in our lives? Can we start small? Can we develop it into a habit?
Don’t try to overhaul your life overnight. Instead, focus on making one small change at a time. Over time, those small changes will add up to big transformation. Don’t give up. Unknown
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