I don't know about you, but the Butlers here lately have had a hard time being joyful about our life. With so much to be thankful for and blessings we can't deny, bad attitudes and bad habits should not be the theme. And yet, I feel like we have been fighting off satan right and left. From anxiety to unhealthy eating and complaining to outbursts, we just need help.
This week I have started taking a more aggressive approach to my weight-loss (cutting sugar and bread most of the time and increased workouts) and after the first 36 hours or so, I noticed a difference right away. The momentum I've felt in years past just fell into place. The wedding cake last night was almost easy to refuse because the clear mind and motivation it brings is just so addicting! That being said, it is more than just my eating and bodily health that needs reviving. And I'm not the only one. The saying, "If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!" is true in more ways than one. If Mom has a bad attitude or is in a constant state of feeling overwhelmed or stress - you better believe it is going to influence everyone around her, from Dad all the way down to the dog.
One of the biggest struggles we are all having is paying attention to the things we are supposed to. It's not new, but it is still a problem, the distraction of our 'modern' world. Comparison, avoidance, addiction, apathy, there is just so much that we can get sucked into. And we have given in to a lot more the past few years largely because the worries and troubles have just been a lot. A lot more than we were prepared for. But the big storm has passed and the trauma of it all has faded, so there's really no excuses anymore. It's time to act and choose purposefully rather than reactionary.
When I am floundering, I just need hope. And a plan. A Mindful December is part of that plan. This month we are taking some time every day to focus on mindfulness. Day 1, we started with a Mindfulness Journal with these cute journals from Sam's that I had bought a while back and the verse below.