Begin Again | 52 Acts of Grace | Week 18

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We know the things we need to do that keep us healthy. We start a regimen, get going and everything goes along swimmingly until a life hiccup interrupts the flow and we stop. We stop exercising daily, writing in our journal, meditating, eating healthily.

And in the stopping, we tell ourselves, “I don’t have time.” “I’m too tired.” “I’ll start tomorrow.” “It wasn’t making a difference anyway.”

And resistance rises. Avoidance mounts. Shame grows.

Stop.

Stop and breathe and tell yourself, “I shall begin again. Right now. Right where I am at.”

And begin again.

Stop the mind chatter. Stop the litany of reasons why you can’t, or how you are such a loser because you never follow through, always fall down, can’t keep agreements with yourself.

Give yourself the grace of letting go of ‘the story’ of why not, and begin again.

Always begin again.

 

10 thoughts on “Begin Again | 52 Acts of Grace | Week 18”

  1. yes, it is so easy to let ourselves off the hook – on things we’ve consciously and deliberately resolved to do – so what is the secret? I struggle with this, often it seems, as my well laid plans get derailed. I’m getting better, but it so easy to ‘sleep an extra half-hour’ or ‘do this one other thing first’ and I get off track … and one thing after another takes me down a rabbit hole I don’t come up from till well past noon. Is that normal? Is that insanity? Is that progress? Recognizing it, I think, is half-the battle. But who holds my feet to the fire but me?

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    1. Maybe it’s not about holding ‘feet to the fire’, but about recognizing the fire in your belly burns brightest when you are doing those things that nurture, support and strengthen you? I think the ‘rabbit hole’ syndrome is human — and yup. Awareness is half the battle. The rest is holding oneself accountable — with compassion. 🙂

      Thanks Mark — like you, I’m getting better. It is a daily commitment to stay on the path — and to begin again, when I realize I’ve lost my way! Hugs

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