Hi there! J Monkeys here with a confession. I saw one of those memes the other day. You know the one – “take small steps toward your goals every day”…or some crap like that. Here’s one that took me WAY too long to find on the internet.
Normally, I scoff at that kind of self-help mumbo-jumbo, but this time it struck me.
I know that life is a journey – and like most journeys, I’ve got a destination in mind for mine. Sure, sure. I take time to stop to smell the roses and enjoy the trip. But at the risk of over extending the metaphor, I’m pretty sure that I’m a little lost, or at least turned around. Completely.
Not only am I not taking steps every day that will lead directly toward my goals, but most days, I’m actively walking in the opposite direction.
I have three main goals in my life right now, the same goals I’ve had for a while, all of equal importance to me. 1 – Become a successful writer, 2 – Get myself healthier, and 3 – Take care of my family and household.
What road leads to becoming a successful writer? How about writing every day. Treating writing like the job it is. Putting my butt in the seat and doing it. I have not been following any of those paths. In fact, I seem to come up with every reason in the world not to write every day, or any day. Any distraction, every justification, focusing on everything going on in my life except putting my backside in my seat and moving my story forward. Hmm.
What roads lead to becoming healthier? Well, for a person who is probably 70 pounds heavier that they ought to be with a family rife with heart disease, how about eating healthy foods, moving around until I sweat a little and staying away from those substances (ice cream!) that I know pave the path to diabetes and every other nasty thing looming in my future? Have I been doing any of those things? No. I had donuts for breakfast – note the plural. No water to drink yet today (it’s 11am,) no exercise (been watching TV since I dropped the kids off at camp.) And did I mention the donuts? How about the Rice Krispy treats my sister-in-law made yesterday that are calling my name? And where will I be getting lunch? I don’t know, but I hadn’t planned on a salad. Hmm.
What roads lead to taking care of my family and my household? To be honest, I can say that while I’m walking in exactly the wrong direction in my journey toward my other two goals, I’m at least on a parallel, if long and meandering path to this one. But it’s a scenic and not at all efficient road which often intersects with the direct route, but then detours off again. Hmm.
What conclusion have I come to after this painful self assessment? I’m on the road to ruin instead of where I thought I was going. But now, that I’ve gotten directions, I have to decide if I’m going to turn this vehicle around. Maybe I’d better think about that. And get some water while I’m doing so. Maybe wash a dish. Or fetch a salad.
Are your feet on a path toward your goals or are you self sabotaging like me? Can’t fix it until you recognize it, right.