Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day 4 Step 4 Changing Latitudes Changing Attitudues

God says to embrace change though why are we such creatures of habit?  Stepping out of what is the norm can be scary, but also very liberating.  In Deuteronomy He says "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you (alongside you) that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.  For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."  Wow this is a promise spoke to us from God.  In v. 11 of that same chapter He says "Now what I am commanding you today (each day starts anew) is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.......v.16 to walk in His ways, keep His commands, then you will live and increase and the Lord your god will bless you in the land you  are entering to possess."   Well the land I am entering to possess is a much healthier land, full of new and wonderful findings for me to discover about myself, my God, this land, this world and this life.  Who wouldn't want a new beginning in a sense?  Wipe that slate clean and lets start here....now.
The good news about our bodies is that the moment we decide to change and move in a new direction it adapts, it begins to heal and it is highly motivated when the changes are to its benefit.  Like I mentioned in Day 3 the fact I only like to write with felt tip pens so I nixed all my pens from my holder except for the ones I wanted in there.  I still have to go through and take out each week as others keep putting other types in there.......but don't we have to do that in real life.  Evaluate each week, each week, each moment in some cases for me what needs to be eliminated from our lives, declutter and get moving in a direction that feels right, that empowers us to operate at an optimum.  Just like the song says "Changes in Latitudes changes in attitudes nothing remains quite the same".  Even Jimmy Buffet says to embrace change.  Life has changes every season so using it as our model to embrace it's ebbing and flowing changes should be our norm.  Yet because we like things a certain way and are creatures of habit change can feel out of the norm.
So with that said my subtle changes I immediately made and still making, I got only one shelf of my pantry done yesterday, but hey, there is always today.  I went out and bought new flip flops.  I know that sounds silly, but I was needing a new pair, I love sparkly things and found these cute pink Reefs.  I had a pair of silver ones that I had to throw out and was wanting another pair.
There is so much to learn it really is fun.
 So what else did I do?  I pulled out my juicer I had tucked away.  I have had this juicer for 20 years+ and love it.  It is basically an outboard motor attached to a blade, brilliant, so it is easy to maintain and assemble.  I have tried other juicers and I guess it is what you get used to, (again habit) and this one is the easiest and fits my lifestyle.  I have it out all the time now and use it two if not three times a day.  I am wanting to bump it up to four, but taking baby steps to get there.  I know one thing I try to do when starting something new is not beat myself up too much if meeting one of my goals for the day doesn't pan out.  There is always tomorrow and we do what we can for He gives us no more than what is in our reach.  So I am falling in love with my Champion again, the flavors I am discovering......carrot, apple, beet, cucumber still my all time fav, and embracing new discoveries. 
Another way I simplified once my hair started falling out is that  I went ahead and shaved my head to eliminate any clumps on my pillow that might cause anxiety or sadness. To be honest it was not as hard as it might have seemed and it made me realize that hair is really overrated.
Yet another way to simplify this

I changed up my table scape.  Simple but its a change.

This is the sun streaming in from across the room, under the ottoman like the very finger of God acting like it wants to burn a hole in my rug and my leg. So bright, so intense that is was like it reached all the way over just to get my attention.  Well it did.  So often we go around with blinders on.  Make subtle little changes that change a little latitude and a lot of attitude.  Little steps that go a great distance.  I like this saying today from Real Simple magazine.  Enjoy todays step.
“We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ouselves.”
― Lynn Hall

1 comment:

  1. Thought I better post a comment to let you know I'm following you and praying you forward on your journey. So proud of you. Met you at writers conf in SA; love knowing you through your blogs; hope to know you better in person soon. Stay on your path... you are an amazing and awesome woman. (Liz in Fredericksburg)


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