Not that long ago, a reader sent me an email letting me know I was inspiring him in a couple of areas. (Thank you for that feedback - I really do love hearing that!) After a couple of exchanges, the person seemed shocked to learn that I work full time and have a 45 minute commute each way. His comment was something like "whoa - you do all this - write the blog, work out, take care of a son, run the household, pay the bills, take care of the house, etc. AND you work a full time job? Seriously? I had NO idea!" He went on to say he was even more impressed.
The whole exchange really got me thinking.
What DO people know about me? What DO they see? What about the folks who knew me in high school but skipped over the whole adult years until recently? What about those who saw me walk through some pretty torturous periods in my life - the "all time low" times? What do THEY see when they look at me, my progress, my journey?
I know for certain there are some people who look my way and think "well, easy for HER. She's got it together and has the kind of personality that is organized enough to do all of that." What they don't see is what it took to get this far, and the sometimes halting, debilitating, painful steps I still sometimes need to take to get to the next leg of the journey. And believe me, there are many of THOSE steps!
I really want to come back around to this topic over the next couple of weeks. But for right now, I'm in the middle of climbing out of one of those painful, halting, debilitating places and have to focus on just the basics: Food, shelter, job. What are the minimum requirements moving forward immediately to get me to higher ground?
- What I eat must be "clean" and nutritious. I have been eating so much junk and you really ARE what you eat. I have felt horrid, depressed and unable to make good "next right" choices. So I have to commit to eating choices that I know will offer nutrients, vitamins, energy and a positive impact on me. So far today, so good.
- I have to get moving. Even if I just commit to 10 minutes on the treadmill, I will feel better instantly. I know this. Yet I have resisted since I got back from all my travels. I can't ignore this anymore. Just 10 minutes between now and bedtime tonight. No matter what.
- If 1 and 2 above are in place, I will have much more clarity to focus on the rest of the "musts." I have many "musts" that have to be taken care of: Of course, my job must stay a priority. I am also enrolled in college and the classes aren't going to care the this whole hurricane business derailed me or debilitated me. They are going to care that my homework is done and I am participating. So this is a MUST, no matter what. And the whole mothering, cooking, carpooling, pta stuff looms overhead. I'll just need to look each night at what MUST be done the next day, keep it simple, make a list, do it, and keep moving.
I want people reading this to see, and to know, that not all the steps are easy. Not all the choices are easy. walking the walk is infinitely harder than talking the talk. Life knocks me over. Dealing with the hurricane on the heels of a whirlwind of travel and being out of my routines knocked me on my butt.
I read a quote today (don't know who to attribute it to) that speaks to this whole blog today:
"Circumstances don't make you, they reveal you. How you respond to the life God offers you is what makes you."
It all comes down to choices. I'd like to choose wisely. If I eat healthy and exercise, I seem to make MUCH wiser choices.