Today (Sunday 20th March, 2016) is the fortieth day of lent. That means forty days since pancake day. Or more to the point, forty days since I gave up Pringles.
Not just Pringles of course, but all deep-fried, salty, sugary, snack goods. And I’m proud to say that I did it. Not a single crisp has passed my lips for the past six weeks. My lental abstinence has been a success.
And the key to my success? The best way to give something up? Simple; just don’t do it.
I know, I know! It’s a sucky answer. But it’s the truth. If you want to give something up, you just don’t do it. But you just don’t do it one day at a time. Or an hour at a time. Or even a minute at a time (though that would make time go by so slowly).
Don’t think about giving something up for forty days, or a year, or a lifetime; just get through today, then tomorrow, and pretty soon those days all start to add up. And if you need some inspiration just think of this quote:
“Every day gets a little easier.
But you gotta do it every day; that’s the hard part.”
The same goes for adding something positive. Do it every day, and pretty soon you’re doing it all the time.
Unfortunately my attempts at adding a positive at the same time as removing a negative didn’t work out. My meditation lasted about four days before coming to an end. No excuses, it just is what it is. I guess I’ll get back to that another time. Everything has it’s time, and I’m certainly not done with meditation yet.
In celebration of my achievement, and to mark a new beginning for my ‘cleansed’ self, I decided to get a haircut and shave the beard.
I went down to a number two, which is the same as I had when I went to do the TTC. It’s symbolic for me, and I hope it’ll help spur me on to do more yoga than I have been doing recently (my injury, which was getting in the way, is finally starting to calm down).
It’s a new beginning for me, and hopefully a profitable one too. But I’m not worrying about it too much. I’ll just do a little bit every day, let those days add up, and then one day I’ll maybe find myself a thousand miles away. 😉
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