I have to admit I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. The honeymoon phase of our new adventure – Rawsome Living Foods Cafe and Juice Bar is over. We’re now into ‘reality-check’ time.
It is amazing how much one can accomplish on adrenalin alone – how far you can go and how much you can let slip by. The first things I have let go of have all had to do with self-care. Not a good thing. My ‘physical’ life has taken a back seat to the pragmatics of everyday functioning and maintenance of the cafe. By Saturday night I just wanted to crawl into a hole and find my way back to the couch – a place that hasn’t seen the back side of me for at least a month.
Now seems to be a good time to talk about perfection. My desire to have things run perfectly creates a huge imbalance. There is no such thing as perfect. There is no such thing as getting everything done. There is a thing called choice.
I have chosen this current path in my life. I have chosen to do what I love and to be in a place that offers others a taste of our belief system and our values. I have chosen to travel this path at this time. It is also my choice as to how I face each day. I do face each day with gratitude for my health, my resilience, my strength, my compassion, my life partner, my family, my desire to share, for everyone who walks into our cafe and our life. I am grateful. And that becomes a daily mantra that is important to hold on to, even when I forget to be grateful and instead become immersed in my check lists and my need to be perfect.
We each have made choices in our lives. What is important is to not regret those choices but instead to appreciate them for what they have contributed to your life. Our choices become the starter for the next batch of choices we make. Sometimes our next steps fall flat and amount to nothing more than another notch in the belt. We either didn’t learn from that last set of choices or we weren’t quite ready to take a leap. Leaping takes courage and faith in our own resolve. But when we are truly willing to leap, a culmination of all our other choices and experiences combine to create a new awareness and readiness for more profound possibilities.
I’ve leapt this time round. And if feels exciting and energizing. But my survival mechanism is old. I’m failing to honour what is important to my well being at the expense of providing for others. An old tape that for some reason I’m not ready or willing to let go of. What’s new for me is recognizing this pattern sooner rather than later. And also living with much more gratitude and happiness than I have in a very long time. Not a long term solution but one that will hold me until I can see some more refreshing choices on the horizon.
So as you consider taking on a personal or professional challenge realize it is simply a choice. Choices can be made and choices change as we change. Aim for choices that move along a positive continuum of evolutionary possibilities. Appreciate the moment. Acknowledge the plateaus and prepare for the summit. Life is for living. It’s your choice how you will live it. May you choose from your heart.
Fruit is in abundance in North America at this time of year. I love the opportunities to pick my own or to purchase fresh produce from local farmer’s markets. I love the refreshing sweetness and juiciness. I reach for fruit more and more rather than fatty desserts. As much as I love my desserts, I have been surprised by how satisfied I am with eating a banana. Quick, filling, and so sweet. It takes away the urge for other less healthy alternatives.
The preparation of the food guides the choices we make. If attractively and thoughtfully plated, the more apt we are to try it. I find the more fruit I eat the less veggies I require or crave and the less water or other liquids I drink, because of their naturally high water volume.
I’ve included two photos I found on Facebook which seem to be the perfect solution to our junk food addictions and desire to eat cakes. They also speak to a more whimsical food preparation strategy. Remember to play with your food and others will be willing to play along and give it a taste.