In January, I wrote about how I’m giving myself the gift of a year by taking good care of myself. I wrote another post about the ways in which I am taking care of myself.
First, I want you to know that I’m doing pretty well — not fantastic, but pretty well.
There’s one main reason I’m not doing fantastic and it’s a concept you would think I would have learned by now, being almost 40 years old, and all. It’s this:
If you try to do everything, all at once, you will fail.
I tend to get ambitious and did at first. Quit all bad things! Eat well! Exercise everyday! Lose weight! Tone up! Clean house! Cook daily! Write often! Spend time with family! Spend time on work!
Exhausted just reading it, aren’t you?
I had to calm down and focus on just a few things. I can be happy with this year’s efforts if I emerge having accomplished just a few things — I can add other things next year.
I do not have to do everything, all at once.
Enlightened, aren’t I?
My friend Mary called me on it, without even realizing she did so. When I had to tearfully call her to break our date for the Oscar Night Party because I’d injured my back, she said, “What’d you do, exercise too hard to look good for tonight?” And she was right. Guess what? You can’t do three months’ worth of exercise to look awesome for a party the next night. It just doesn’t work.
I’m an impatient person trying to slow down, look around and take care. If you’ve managed to do this, I’d love to know how.