Every Thursday I head up to our local rec center with a friend for a lunchtime spin class. I tend to get there about fifteen minutes early, so I head up to the elevated track to walk some laps. As I walk and get warmed up I can’t help but read a quote that is strategically placed on the wall just as I round a corner. The quote digs past my surface feelings and hits my heart and soul every time I read it.
“Discipline is choosing between what you want NOW and what you want MOST.”
What I want now is a scrumptious mocha from Starbucks with a slice of their lemon pound cake! What I really want now is to go home and take a nap instead of going to my spin class. What I really want now is to forget that looming deadline and go get a mani pedi.
As you know, there is nothing inherently wrong with any of the things listed above. The real question is, “Will the things we want NOW keep us from obtaining what we want MOST?”
As I was preparing to write this blog post, I asked myself, “What do I want MOST?” The first thing that came to mind was “I want my husband and I to be happy.” My husband and I do not have kids, but if we did, they would be included in that statement. This prompted another question. “What does John and I need to be happy?” As I thought about this question I started to fill a piece of paper with the answers.
I wrote things like:
I want John and I to have a great relationship, now and in the future.
I want to follow God’s will for my life each day, now and in the future.
I want my body to be healthy, now and in the future.
I want great relationships and family and friends, now and in the future.
I want a safe, comfortable home, now and in the future.
In other words, I want my cake and eat it, too. I want great things NOW and MOST.
I guess the question comes down to “What are the really great things in life?”
Is it having the mocha and pound cake at Starbucks, or is it controlling your blood sugar, maintaining a healthy weight, and pinching pennies for the new car you will need soon? Some days it could be Starbucks, but most days, maybe not.
If you had to answer the question “What are the really great things in life?” how would you answer it? What would fill your page?
I want each of us to live a great life NOW and in the future, but in order to have both we have to go after the really great things in life. The things that matter MOST!
One of the greatest ways you could spend your time during these colder days of January is to sit down and ask yourself the questions “What are the really great things in life for me?” Fill up a page with your thoughts. Then ask yourself if there is anything you are doing right now that might be heading you in the wrong direction or holding you back from that great life? Stay in the NO STRESS ZONE and think about small manageable baby steps you can take to start heading towards the great life you want to live.
Living Life Together: Encourage a friend to go through the above exercise as well. Spend some time talking things through together. Support each other, encourage each other, lament your struggles together and laugh together. We all have room to grow and improve. It is so much nicer to do it with a friend!
Here’s to living a great life now and in the future, focusing on the best things in life!Photo by Kaboompics .com from Pexels