Setbacks

Setbacks

Life is full of setbacks. I had one just now. I was cooking chicken breasts when I suddenly noticed a rotten smell coming from the chicken. The first thing I did was stop cooking the chicken, and then threw it and the accompanying mushroom soup, peppers and onions, and noodles into the trash and then took the garbage out to the dumpster.

The next thing I did was take off the clothes I have worn while cooking and throw them into the washer to be cleaned separately. Then I took a nice long shower to get that awful smell off of me. The last thing was to wash out the Instant Pot and spray Lysol around the kitchen.

In the past, an episode like this would have made me furious with the world. Not anymore. I’ve learned to control my emotions rather than letting them control me. I remained calm throughout the trouble earlier today, and as a result, I’m relaxed and calm.

Slowing Things Down

Slowing Things Down

I need to slow things down in my life. From time to time, I pause to reflect on how I’m doing, and then I take steps to correct any problems. Over the last several days, I have been taking stock and evaluating, and I’ve decided it is time to slow things down and simplify my life.

This is a holistic effort. I’m making sure that I spend more time at home with what I have rather than being on the go. One of my goals is to lose weight, and I can do that by not eating carry-out food. I can prepare meals here at home that is simple and filling.

Taking that step will also help me to save money. One thing that studying and practicing meditation has taught me is that I need to be happy with what I have now and not worry about the future based on material things.

I mentioned losing weight. Hal convinced me to monitor my sugar intake closely. He warned me that this change would be uncomfortable and difficult. I know it is a worthwhile goal, so each morning, I set aside a few cans of diet soda to keep a steady track of what I consume. Once I can manage that comfortably, I will take one less can each subsequent week.

It sounds like a lot to accomplish, and it is. The key to success is my mindset as I begin this journey. Positive thoughts.