So, once again I have these big ambitions of how I’m going to use the cool weather to get into better shape, and be more healthy. The cycle goes round and round.
And I find myself having to frequently return to the basics.
The most frequent of the things I find myself thinking is a reminder about the importance of each moment. Many people set these diet goals, which is important. But then, the choices they make in each given moment don’t lead towards the goal.
My grand plans and expensive tools and best intentions mean nothing if I face north where I plan to go, but every step I take is towards the south.
But each small choice made adds together, and the total is more than all of my intentions.
Do I choose to step towards my goal, or back towards comfort, when I know that comfort to often be false? In this given moment, what direction do I step, however small the step may be? When I’ve gotten 5 steps off to the side, do I run further, or start walking back?
I can’t help but notice the similarity of this mentality to my outlook on living my life better spiritually.
Intentions and plans are good. But as each choice comes, what do I do with them? Which direction does each tiny step of daily choices take me?
The sum of these choices means more than goals and desires ever could, and yet each choice seems so tiny by itself.
Unfortunately, I think the proclaimed dieter who is having the legendary big mac, supersized fries, and a diet coke is all too often the appropriate equivilant. Has the tiny step of the diet coke helped? A bit on the calories anyway. In the same way 1 step forward with 2 steps back is an improvement of 2 steps over just taking 3 steps backwards.
But so many missed spots where my foot really should have gone the other way. On both the physical and the spiritual paths!
But tomorrow… brings new chances. New tiny choices to build into progress in whichever direction I choose, chosen not by my goals and desires, but by each individual decision as to how I will handle each small moment.