The Year of Imperfections
Feb 20, 2018
Oh, the irony of my last blog being about how to get unstuck! Yes, I've been stuck. Stuck not being able to write the next blog!
Well, today marks the end of that. The end.
It marks the beginning of my blog for the year 2018. It's a new day, a new year and a great time, or as good as any, to begin a new blog. I am taking a turn and blogging about more than just running, walking and eating in a healthy way. This marks the beginning of blogs about imperfections. No one is perfect. No, not one. Ok, Jesus is and was and ever shall be perfect and you'll find, I hope, as you read my blog, that I look to Him for my hope and my every day living. Again, I am not perfect, you are not perfect, and we are all in this together.
You may not agree with me and I may not agree with you. That's ok. We all have unique glasses through which we see the world. If I take the time to learn about the glasses you are wearing, you just might do the same and, in turn, we might find that we have more in common than we thought and, ultimately, we have a better chance at reaching understanding. Understanding does not necessarily mean that we will agree. It does mean that we might have a bit more compassion for one another and I think the world could do with a little, or a lot, more compassion for our fellow man - yes, and woman. ;-)
Here we go.
I have been thinking much about the words that have become a part of our world in the last few years, especially among the social media users out there. Works like authentic, intentional, transparent, seem to have become descriptors of those who have no filter, or spare no feelings, emotion, and, sometimes, decency. Might we have both honesty and decency? I think we can. It will require some boundaries, some thought behind our words and a little consideration for our audience. You don't need to know every thought that passes through my mind, or every little thing that happens in my life. You don't care about everything I eat or every little nuisance of my every little day.
I am a believer that boundaries are good things, healthy things, necessary things.
I want to be real and relatable, without oversharing.
I want to tell you the truth with love and compassion.
I want to talk about things that matter, that will make your life better and easier, without shaming or condescending.
I want to share what I know, how I learned it and admit there is more that I don't know, than I do know.
So let's start a conversation about how we can live a happy, healthy, purposeful life amid the difficulties and challenges - the disappointments and the obstacles. Life is not easy, but it can still be great!
I want to share with you some of the things I've learned along the way, these past 51 years, as a woman, mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, employee, business owner and now, grandmother (I may need some guidance on this one, it's new to me!).
For the past 15 years, especially, I've been on a personal journey towards better health through walking/running and healthier eating. I plan to share with you what I've learned, in hopes that it will be of some help to you. I hope that you will share with me your goals, your thoughts, what has worked for you and what has not.
I plan to share with you how I live my "healthy habits" life, imperfectly. I don't always do the right thing, say the right thing, or eat the right thing. I will be honest about it. I will share my imperfect thoughts, but I won't overshare - I don't think. ;-) I will be honest about my struggles and will share with you the things I have learned that have made my life easier, happier, healthier and more meaningful. Take what you want and leave the rest. If it works for you, great! If not, set it down and try something else.
Continue to search, to seek, to try new things and attempt to understand your neighbor. Be your best and if you fail at that today, try again tomorrow. The struggle is, indeed, real. Let's work it out together.
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Thanks for reading and, I promise, the next blog is coming right up!
Doing the next thing,