Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Before and After... and DURING!
The seeds we are planting in ourselves on this Journey are not to be expected to blossom immediately. Your life won't suddenly become an upheaval and then you will be perfect. That's precisely why it's the Journey. Beaming has not yet been perfected, as far as I'm aware (but I can check with my Physics Phriends on this one). You can't just drop a seed underneath an inch of dirt and expect a fully formed rose to pop up the next day. In the same manner, you can't expect to attempt to incorporate these positive changes in your life and immediately have a Master's Degree in the craft of Life-Honing.
Each day is a step. Each step is a small piece of a Journey. And each Journey is different.
"Over time, a slow, steady stream of water will erode the hardest rock, and turn giant boulders into pebbles. Over time, a little sprout can turn into a giant redwood tree towering 350 feet tall." -- Rick Warren
The trick is not to give up. Even if no one else notices a difference in you yet, you know where you used to be, and you know how far you've come. Sure, you're not perfect. Nobody is. Sure, you have a long way to go. Everybody does. It's why we're in this together.
Have you seen Finding Nemo? The curmudgeonly clownfish Marlin is given a lively pep-talk by his somewhat annoying friend, Dori... she starts singing, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!" Your assignment for the day is to find some time to watch that movie because it always makes ME happy when I watch it, and it contains that catchy little ditty which will not leave your head (nor will it leave mine for the rest of the evening). It's a lesson in perseverance. You might find that most of the time, it doesn't seem like what you're trying to do to change your life for the better is making the slightest bit of difference at all. Believe me when I say it will. And, in the meantime, whenever you feel like giving up?
Just keep swimming.