Yesterday marked the day all of life’s stumbling blocks tumbled down and turned into stepping stones for me and my family. It was finally the day we used the 3 C’s of life: We made the Choice to take a Chance to make a Change in our lives.
People always talk about changing don’t they? Sometimes, we even go so far as to talk about the wonderful benefits that would result if we actually did change, but then, as it turns out, we never seem to actually change.
If you are wondering what kind of change I’m talking about for my life, I’m talking about a total thinking, eating, sleeping, spending, praying, working out, money saving, time saving, full out change. If you are wondering how you can achieve this kind of change, let me just say this is how we will achieve it: We will trust God, we will have faith, and we will believe that He can help make the changes we need to make to be better people as long as we keep turning it over to him and pursuing our change.
We’ve been fooling around with cleaning out the pantry (but always hanging on to a few tempting things). I’m pleased to tell you that yesterday officially marks the day that the pantry was completely cleared of everything that isn’t in our best interests. All the cabinets were cleared of any possible future temptations.
Next came reviewing credit card bills – habits were discovered – and disliked – and in case the reality of that experience wasn’t enough, it was time to pull out the wallets and follow it up. Almost all of the credit cards were cut up except one major credit card that was retained for out of town trips, travel, car rentals and such.
After having addressed the food issue and the spending issue, we went to bed for a good night’s sleep. Yes, that’s another change for me – the one who lives on 4, 5 or 6 hours of sleep every day partly due to menopause and partly due to stretching myself too thin. I slept all night, comfortably too, and I even woke up before the alarm! WHAAAAAT? Yep, I guess that’s what happens when you get a good night’s sleep. Who would have thought, huh?
I woke up this morning in prayer. I immediately changed into work-out clothes and very happily climbed on the treadmill. No more dreadmill for me. I was looking forward to locking in the rest of the change. I spent a quick half hour running before getting myself ready for work.
The last thing I tackled in this journey was my private Facebook page. I had accepted friendships with people I didn’t even know back before I had a Facebook page for “14 Half Marathons in 2014”. While it is flattering that people wanted to be my Facebook friend, the truth of the matter is that they can follow the page if they are really interested. I tend to be an open book – ask my family! I was also Facebook friends with a variety of old schoolmates – people I really didn’t know now and very honestly, I barely knew them back in school. I’ve actually come to know some of them better since we are Facebook friends, and they were keepers. I basically went through the almost-700 people in my list and if I had seen a “like” or a post or a comment anytime recently on my wall, OR if they were my day-to-day friends, OR if they were related to me (can’t make those relatives angry!), I kept them. In one quick sweep of that friend list, I was able to taper it down to 365.
I’m not going to hash and rehash who is a Facebook friend or not at this point. The list will remain as it is today. I actually realized two of my Facebook friends had deactivated their accounts and I didn’t even know it! Maybe now I will see what my friends are doing on the Facebook Newsfeed instead of seeing a lot of stuff that has nothing to do with me or my real friends and family. Also, I’m hopeful that anyone who was following me on Facebook as a friend switches over to my blog Facebook page.
I’m excited to see where this journey will lead. Now that I’ve made myself accountable in view of the open public, I know it can only get better from here…….. (to be continued)……