11th September 2016
There is no shortcut, it takes time to.... Start today!
I've been hearing "I can't do this" a lot lately in my meeting, I'm guilty of having said it myself if I'm being completely honest, my leader soon shut me down when I tried that line! Then a member sent me an image that reminded me of the power of YET! A simple three letter word that adds so much strength to that sentence, try it, "I can't do this YET!" How empowering does that now sound, you are not saying that you believe you can do it at some point. So if you are tempted to say I can't have the courage to add YET! Then start to work out how you can, complete the sentence;
I can't do this YET, but if I________________________I will be able to!
What do you need to do? We looked at that a lot this week too, the obvious things were, staying to meetings, planning, tracking, moving, believing in yourself and smiling. It all fits in one sentence, makes it sound simple don't it?
We know it isn't quite that easy, it gets easier though the more you do it. One day at a time and I made it through my first day, one of my members had a lovely pad that she'd used to write down her thoughts, feelings and food this week (as I'd suggested) and I liked it a lot so she went and fetched me one bless her, so I'm going to show my thanks by actually using it.
Day one completed, even tracked my milk in my tea didn't I! Had egg, mushrooms on toast for brekkie, mom and I had Weight Watcher frozen meals for lunch I had beef hotpot, mom had chicken hotpot both delicious then for tea I had a chicken salad pitta, mmm pitta is my new favourite food! I had 3sp of pork crunch, even weighed them to make sure of the points as there wasn't a weight on the packet just info per 100g. Of course it goes without saying that I partook in a glass or two of red - Saturday afterall. Ended on 47 though and earned 6 Fit Points, that's half what I consumed last Saturday! Progress;
I'm not there YET but if continue to track and think before I shop I will be able to get there!
See the power of YET is an awesome thing.
Today I will mostly be drinking 2 litres of water, because my massage lady told me too, isn't it incredible that she knew I wasn't, that my body was dehydrated... Go get a glass of water BeYOUtiful, it helps keep you BeYOUtiful. ;)
Right I'm off to clean the kitchen - BOO! Housework sucks, but it has to be done. Here's your story to read and take something from;
Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. "I will come next Tuesday," I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.
Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.
"Forget the daffodils, Carolyn I said! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!"
My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother." "Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her.
"But first we're going to see the daffodils. It's just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this."
"Carolyn," I said sternly, "please turn around." "It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."
After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a mall church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, "Daffodil Garden." We got out of the car, each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight.
It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain peak and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different-coloured variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.
"Who did this?" I asked Carolyn. "Just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house.
On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking", was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958."
For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration.
That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time--often just one baby-step at time--and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world ...
"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"
My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.
She was right. It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this to use today?"
Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting...
Until your car or home is paid off
Until you get a new car or home
Until your kids leave the house
Until you go back to school
Until you finish school
Until you clean the house
Until you organize the garage
Until you clean off your desk
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married
Until you get a divorce
Until you have kids
Until the kids go to school
Until you retire
Until you die...
There is no better time than right now to be happy.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!