I wish it were as easy to perform updates on ourselves as it is on our phones.
If I were my phone, I'd just plug myself in at night, wake up in the morning to a new operating system, take a self-guided tour of how cool I'm about to be, and start being a better version of myself.
But being simple flesh and blood, it's hard to make updates.
This week, it dawned on me that I've got a lot of unhealthy, antiquated habits that aren't serving me anymore. I respond to anger with anger. I am quick to judge. I work too hard on too little sleep. I don't eat enough vegetables or drink enough water, and I stretch myself too thin.
Upgrading to more useful systems sounds wonderful. But nothing is an overnight fix. I would need to start incorporating better practices into my day-to-day life. I would need to exercise daily compassion. I would need to buck my hardwiring and try to start forming new habits of self-awareness and self-care. And all of these things would take weeks, if not months. Who's got time and energy for that?
Me, from now on.
Reader, what we allow is what will continue. If we want to change for the better, we have to work for it, daily. There's no sense in holding on to bad habits, just because they'd take too long to fix. I know I for one don't want to be running on this same old burnt-out operating system next year.
This week, I'm going to start making small updates to my life. It won't be a quick solution to problems, but it's going to be a start. I leave you with this picture of me waving to the folks redoing my parking lot at work. Seems like everything around me is upgrading; it's time that I do, too. See you next Monday. -Em, 2.0