HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It's been a busy last four months for me. I finally had a couple of long overdue surgeries taken care of, and have been relearning use of hand/wrist. I took time off teaching, saw a limited number of clients, did meal plans, posted daily on my FB page, took a rest from a couple others, but was mostly tuned into a more quiet side of life. Everything seemed to move in slow motion compared to the fast paced lifestyle I was used to living. And now that I'm onto recovery, and a New Year just around the corner, I've decided I'd like to find a happy medium between the fast and slow.
Each has it's pro's and cons:
PRO'S: FAST PACED LIFESTYLE
- Get a lot done in a short amount of time.
- You go to bed at night feeling like you've really accomplished something.
- Things don't get re-written down 'to do' the next day, etc.
- You burn more calories.
- It keeps you alert.
- You're never bored.
- You learn to schedule time wisely, and to the minute.
- You generally learn to multi-task.
CONS: FAST PACED LIFESTYLE
- It leaves little room for growth when you're busy all the time.
- Your life inevitably grows shallow, as you don't ever have enough time to yourself to really think about who you are, where you're at, where you're going, and see where changes need to be made.
- It's stressful.
- It can lead to all kinds of health issues.
- Insomnia is common.
- Illness can strike more frequently.
- It teaches your mind to constantly flip channels.
- Most important: You may eventually run out of time for the people who mean the most to you, and/or need you most.
- It may not be the example you want for your kids in the long-run.
PRO'S: SLOWER PACED LIFESTYLE
- You can actually chew food at meals so well your body can digest it.
- You have time to spend with the people who mean the most to you.
- You can take time to really listen.
- You can receive insights through meditation and having a quiet mind.
- Your body and mind has a chance to experience true relaxation.
- You have time to create.
- Silence expands your awareness.
- Good for your health and stress level.
CONS: SLOWER PACED LIFESTYLE
CHANGE REQUIRES SACRIFICE/ACTION
If one is to go from a fast paced lifestyle to a more relaxed, stress free lifestyle, there are priorities that need to be set, sacrifices to be made, goals to be determined, and ultimately....ACTION must be taken. Only you can decide what lifestyle is right for you, what changes will work best for you, and which goals are worth your time and effort. Life is too short to simply go about each day without any thought to these matters.
I hope you'll take time to think about what you'd like to accomplish in 2013. I'd like to share with you some categories for consideration. You need not make a goal in every area, however, choose goals that reflect who you are, and where you want to go. Make a plan. Write it down. Take action, regardless of how small or big, towards your goal each and every day. You will succeed!
Each year I gather my family together before the New Year. We all have our goal sheets from the previous years, and many times, we reluctantly pull them out thinking/feeling we've not done much with it. But as we go through and see what we've accomplished, it's nothing short of AMAZING!!!! There is power in writing down your goals!
TOPICS FOR THE SERIOUS GOAL SETTER
GOALS: SIMPLE MINDED BUSY PEEPS
EAT LESS JUNK
DRINK MORE WATER
EXERCISE 30 MINUTES A DAY
CHOOSE TWO GREAT BOOKS TO READ IN 2013
HAVE 15 MINUTES TO YOURSELF IN SILENCE ONCE A WEEK
PLAN FOUR FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO IN 2013
CALL YOUR PARENTS, BROTHERS, SISTERS, ETC.
WALK OUTDOORS ONCE A WEEK
LEARN A NEW RECIPE FOR A HEALTHY SNACK OR MEAL
GET MORE SLEEP
WATCH LESS TELEVISION
SPEND LESS TIME ON FACEBOOK AND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY
LOOK AT THE STARS
WATCH THE CLOUDS
TAKE A DAY OFF TO SPOIL YOURSELF
TAKE UP THAT HOBBY YOU'VE BEEN WANTING TO DO
DO SOMETHING NICE, RANDOMLY FOR SOMEONE
Sounds easy, and it is. It's also contagious! So many times, parents believe they must sacrifice their goals in order to raise their children. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Your kids need to see you happily, and actively involved in the goal setting process. They always learn best through active experience. Your example will preach many sermons your lips could not touch. These lessons will bless them their entire lives.