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One Step at a Time

The problem with making grand statements is that the next thing you do needs to be equally grand or the whole situation ends up feeling like a bit of an anticlimax.

I’ve tried to think of something inspiring to write about today, something that would prove that I really have committed myself to changing the way I deal with life in a more positive, productive way. I wanted a big news story that would really confirm that this was the dawning of a new age of organisation and all-round awesomeness.

I’m sorry to report that opportunities to save the world and totally renew and transform my life have been a little difficult to find this morning. I haven’t done anything particularly remarkable, although I guess that’s what yesterday’s post, Onward and Upward, was all about. I need to stop waiting for the perfect moment to come along before I get on with my life. This is my life, now, and I can either live it with purpose or I can waste it while I wait for the ground-shaking event that will signify that it is time to finally put new plans into place.

So, today I have not completely cleaned and reorganised my kitchen, I haven’t dusted from skirting boards to cornice, nor have I cleaned out 3 years of electronic dreck from my inbox.

However, I have finalised forms to give to my accountant so that we can submit our 2010/11 tax returns (yes, I know, more on financial chaos and disorganisation another time). I have hung out two loads of washing, washed up and prepared an acceptance letter for a friend’s wedding invitation a whole 19 days before the RSVP date.

I may not have managed to get up at dawn for an hour of yoga and pilates before eating a nutritious and organically sourced breakfast, but I did eat a bowl of porridge while it was still hot and I actually sat down at the table to do it. I even read a few pages of a book at the same time (Charlotte Wood’s Love & Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food for those who are curious – a wonderful book that I am thoroughly enjoying).

Once I publish this post, I will take some freshly made pumpkin soup to a friend’s house so that we can share it for lunch. We haven’t caught up for a while and I’m looking forward to a relaxing chat with a good friend.

It may not look like it, but today was a step, albeit a small one, in the direction I want to go. I’m happy with that.

6 Responses to “One Step at a Time”

  • I think you’ve made an impressive start to the day. Surround yourself with good hearts and minds and life will always be easier. Much peace, Anita

  • What a lovely person you are, taking soup to visit your friend. In fact, may I suggest that this accomplishment alone is enough to tick your all round awesomeness checkbox.

    But perhaps I should try the soup first. ;)

  • Kay:

    Sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves to conform to what others expectations of us are or how we perceive we should be.
    To think about others despite how we are feeling is a step in the right direction. I am proud of you Susan …. one step or sometimes one hour at a time but keep going. >3

  • Cate Pearce:

    I think by the time you had your first taste of pumpkin soup, you had already achieved more than I will all day. I am blaming the weather; unmotivating to say the least. There’s always tomorrow…

  • You’re moving, and moving in the right direction. The rest will follow. xxx

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