Someone told me this week that she loved change. She figured it was going to happen anyway, so it is best to embrace it and, if you can, enjoy the ride. For a lot of things in life, I really can see her point. The only constant is change. Most of them can be rolled with.
This conversation made me think about the changes I am making in my life. I am on day 5 of my 100 Strong journey. I have been able to stick to my stated objectives. This has been a change for me. Not a huge one, but a change all the same. Though I haven’t seen results yet, I am committed to keep going. I want to get to the enjoyable part of these changes, not just the eat less food parts.
In my self examination I realize that I have not had concrete goals in my life since I recovered from cancer. It has been easy to not be specific with what I have wanted to do and I have been able to drift for a few years now. It is only recently that I have realized how much damage that could do to me. When we drift we are out of control. We don’t exert the agency we have in our lives. That could lead to bad places.
The moment I wrote down the 7 things I wanted to accomplish, it was very easy to accomplish what I set out to do. There really is power in writing it all down and seeing it in front of your face. I know clearly every day if I am doing what I set out to do. Whether the scale moves or not, I have the accomplished feeling of knowing that I am no longer drifting and am exerting the decision making power I have over my actions.
I had this conversation with my son not long ago about being in control. We can’t control all the things that happen in life, but we can control how we respond. It is my hope through these next hundred days that I can point to the good things I am accomplishing to show him a very clear picture of what good choices and controlling your emotions does. I need to be this example for him.
Change isn’t fun, but maybe it can be. I am willing to enjoy the ride and the changes as they come. It is my choice, so that is what I will do.