What comes to mind when you think of the word tradition? This is a very special word because it grants us access the past, while also setting the rhythm for the future. This word is all intertwined with the good things. Our rituals for the holidays, the family and friends who return home, and of course, the foods that we eat bring our traditions to life:
So yes, when I think about traditions I inevitably think about food. I can keep my traditions and add my own flourish when it comes to a holiday meal. I am cooking a spiral ham – tradition; but, I am also making roasted vegetables – a new take! Food is more than nourishment on the holidays. A holiday meal is to experience – so my advice s is to experience it without regret but with a sense of intention. Eat wide awake, take everything that you’ve learned on the journey with you. Think about what you’re able to do now that maybe you wouldn’t have done before. Appreciate yourself because you are amazing.
It’s not really about the food. Traditions are about the love. They are about the longing for the past, and the desire to influence the future. Appreciate yourself because you are the composer and your life is a masterpiece that is still being written.
I hit another milestone today…
I am at a good place right now in my journey. I am happy with my progress whether it’s .2lbs like last week or 2lbs like this week. The scale is moving downward and that’s something to celebrate.
My meeting was great today. We talked about how we can unintentionally sabotage our efforts, when we react to others who say things like, “Just have it, what difference is one cookie going to make?” My leader Bonnie challenged us to consider how we respond when people push food on us. If I respond in anger, I am giving away my power to that person. If I respond with kindness I exercise control. Hard feelings don’t help, they make me feel impudent and small. See, it’s really not about the cookie, it’s about me feeling like I can’t control my fate. This is just another important lesson I’m learning.
Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. This is a season that is meant to be filled with gratitude, devotion, and unconditional love. There is so much beauty in the world so much inspiration and love. There is so much cruelty, so much ugliness, and despair. All of this exists side-by-side. One does not negate the other they just all exist and we can’t know where life will take us. The best thing I can do is to live with a courageous heart, to live and try my best to be better than the day before. So, remember… you can do this. You can do amazing things. You can get closer to your best possible self. This is true for me, and it’s true for you too.