The End-of-Winter Challenge
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Love in the Third Degree.
Itâ€™s the end of Winter. At least, according to the calendar. Spring is a mere month away, so I offer you a challenge.
Pick one thing, maybe two, that you could do to make your life better in the next 30 days. Something small, if youâ€™d like. Notice that I didnâ€™t say something that would make your life better but rather, something you could do to make your life better.
Sure, winning the lottery might make your life better or having the cavalry rescue you from your dreary job might be wonderful, but letâ€™s stick to small things that you can do.
Maybe itâ€™s drinking more water. Maybe itâ€™s cutting your smokes by half. Maybe itâ€™s walking an extra 30 minutes a day. Maybe itâ€™s taking off your makeup every night instead of falling asleep in it. Maybe itâ€™s not jumping in to fix everyone elseâ€™s problems. Maybe itâ€™s giving your significant other a hug first thing in the morning and the last thing in the evening. Maybe itâ€™s not answering the phone during dinner. Maybe itâ€™s not kicking yourself for mistakes. Maybe itâ€™s not playing that cruel game of what-if or if-only that you play every day.
Whatever it is, decide now and keep it in mind for the next month. Just until Spring hits the calendar. Look for ways to make it happen. Think about it every day. Act on possibilities that come to you. After all, itâ€™s a small thing and Springâ€™s not so far away.
When you think about it over the next month, think about the benefits, about how it will make your life better. Clearer skin? Fewer expenses? A little bit healthier body? A little more peace of mind?
The other part of this challenge is to think of three things that are going well for you right now. Itâ€™s so easy to focus on what you donâ€™t have or whatâ€™s gone wrong in your life, but think of whatâ€™s going well. Some people consider this as reaching a state of gratitude, but itâ€™s really an assessment of the good stuff instead of the constant assessment of the bad stuff that stays in our face most of the time.
If youâ€™re looking for a change in your life and youâ€™re up for a challenge, then youâ€™ve already figured out that youâ€™re not totally happy with where you are. Okay, great. Itâ€™s true for most people in one way or another. Letâ€™s consider it done, as far as addressing the negatives and their existence. Letâ€™s, for this moment, look only at the positives. That wonâ€™t make you a Pollyanna because youâ€™ve already hit the negatives and now hitting the positives will bring you some balance. So consider 3 different assets, traits, joys, good things that you already have. Make a list!
Come Spring, in a month, will you have one or two more good things for your list?