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Read. Your. Labels!
I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to what I can and cannot control, and what kind of effect I let that have on my personal level of day-to-day peace.
I’ve been working on putting it all into #perspective.
It’s true that there is a LOT going on in the world around us; it seems like any direction you turn these days, something else is demanding your attention, your time, your energy, your outrage. It’s enough to make you dizzy.
When I think about needing to make a difference on a global scale, I immediately feel overwhelmed. Fix the entire world?! I can’t do that, I’m just one person! The mere thought of even trying makes me want to give up and hide. It feels too big.
But, when I shift my #perspective, something happens.
Where I live, we are in the full swing of spring - blossoms of every color are exploding hither and yon, the temperature is creeping upwards as the days stretch out longer, and my husband and I are off to another strong start in this season’s “Weekend Warrior” home improvement games.
A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with a neighbor about that day’s project: we’d stained our concrete front stoop black. It was a relatively simple alteration, but the difference was dramatic, and my neighbor happily exclaimed -
“It’s so wild how one small change can have SUCH a huge impact!”
When we set our sights on changing a personal behavior, it requires time, energy, dedication, and consistency. Routines must be broken, schedules must be shifted, even patterns of thought need to be caught mid-think and redirected along their
I'm not saying there has to be struggle involved, necessarily, but there does have to be new, purposeful action taken, often in unchartered or unfamiliar ways, and sometimes that takes a bit of practice before it feels comfortable, let alone natural or normal.