Each day is a new opportunity to learn from the past, a new chance to do our best. The practice of the 365 Commitment has made me more aware of each day. What will I do with this window of time? What should I do with this day? In the past, I thought less about these questions. But now they are front and center every morning.
My goals are clearer and as a result so are my failings, which are all too clear. Keeping goals fuzzy or not having them at all is good way to avoid pain and avoid looking at ourselves. Unfortunately, growth and joy and meaning are also avoided. It seems pain accompanies or at least precedes joy and growth. Today, when I am feeling the pain and discomfort I will embrace it as a necessary step, I will accept it and move forward anyway. The goal must be worth while though.
So, now I am back at the beginning, what do I want to do with this day? What is important? The answers to these questions give me the resolve to endure the pain and discomfort inherent in doing difficult things. I will remember what is most important, keep it in front of me, front of mind, to resist the temptation of straying from the path or giving in to discomfort. I will remember that this moment of discomfort is temporary and will pass. Just stay the course for today and joy, growth, and reward will be close at hand. If you allow pain avoidance to creep in, your goal recedes into the distance and discomfort compounds with failure. Don’t give up. Each day is new. Restart again. Think about the reward, keep your eye on the goal, and don’t let the pain of the moment allow you to stray from the path you know is right and good.
So, today I will anticipate that moment, I will check my bearings and align with the highest good I can imagine through prayer, and endure that moment (or moments) of pain in order to attain the reward. I will embrace failure avoidance!
Ben Wagner (105)
Member The 365 Commitment