Be what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Thanks to Teddy Roosevelt for many things, but especially this quote, because it strips away all excuses. For instance, many people do not currently reside in their dream home, but does that mean they can’t make every effort to create a pleasant living environment where they are right now? Many women use losing weight as an excuse for not taking time to put together nice outfits; they don’t want to buy new clothes until they have lost weight, or can buy them in a particular size. Meanwhile months and years can go by. What a shame to waste time that could be enjoyed right now, even if only taking pleasure in simply feeling good by looking our best.
And the same inertia can affect environmental practices. Sometimes something as simple as sorting the trash–separating plastics, paper and glass—can seem like too much trouble or like it won’t make a difference. Perhaps curbside pickup is not available nearby, or our sorting and storage options are not convenient. Instead of throwing in the towel and recycling nothing, perhaps we can make a quick and easy start with something as simple as placing a brown paper sack next to the desk for sorting papers that can be recycled. This little bit of something is far better than the little bit of nothing that was being done previously.
Personal and business finances are another potential area where people get stuck quickly. Kathleen Ruhl has written an article that offers some sound advice and practical suggestions for making changes in our financial situations, no matter how desperate it may seem. Her experience is firsthand, based upon her own courageous efforts at rebuilding her life emotionally and financially. What a gift for others that she can share a strong message of hope.
Paradoxically, at times, we need to be able to accept that some things are beyond our control. At the same time, acceptance does not mean making excuses rather than changes. Instead, we can use a difficult situation as an opportunity to consider whether certain things have been put on hold for too long, to find one small step that can be taken in the direction of the goal, and finally to just do it.
Speaking of just doing it, be sure to check out our calendars of recurring and dated events, because they are chock full of amazing opportunities happening right here in the Detroit metro area, in October and November. Take some time to map out a strategy for creating the life you want and enjoy it here and now, rather than letting excuses and procrastination get the better of you.
Feel good, live simply, and laugh more. Don’t put it off, let’s get started right now.
All the best,