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You Don't Have to Do It All in a Day!
Feeling frazzled from setting New Year's resolutions that may seem too gung-ho? Take it easy on yourself!
Ok. So today we're twelve days into the New Year.
How vigorous were your New Year's resolutions this year? Is everyone still on track?
Well, it may help you to know I am still working on 2016 resolutions!
Two years ago, I did a set of Tarot reads and asked God what I should work on.
God told me that I should work on my health. He told me, 'You have $40,000 in available credit, even after your divorce. Now, go and use that wisely. Go, invest in this supplement line I will show you, and I will give you abundant health, radiance, and vitality that will surpass your wildest dreams'.
I had just become a homeowner of a condo I bought for $70,000 a few months prior to this revelation. I am to this day, so grateful for my place. Even being a pharmacist, I was saddled with debt after a $100,000 divorce. I just managed to 'swing it' by toggling a 401K loan as the down payment to get me in here. Now, I pay a slim $457 / month mortgage payment, which includes P&I, insurance, taxes. Add to that my $111 condo dues and my housing for a 2-bedroom, 800 square foot place where I can have my two children overnights easily, and you have a terrific place to hit the ground running! After all, there's nowhere to go but up!
So I started my resolution right away.
Three months later, I was admitted for liver failure. Boy oh boy did I go overboard.
But the zeal was motivated by a lackluster 'me' and a burning desire to become the best I could be, a person I had never uncovered.
And I learned a lot during the process. To this day, I don't regret it.
Now, I can spend my days at home, and let abundance come to me through my psychic reading career.
Still, it all boils down to 'one day at a time'.
A couple months ago, a person living in my condo association, randomly tagged my business page on social media. The person happened to be in recovery. I am in recovery myself from prescription drug addiction.
He and I will talk on social media from time to time. I even went to his condo for Christmas and dropped him off a sample of frankincense essential oil, in the spirit of the holidays.
"One day at a time", he said to me one day, when I felt frustrated about spinning my wheels about my continuing woes.
That's right. ONE DAY AT A TIME.
I often reflect on the year 2005, when my pharmacist license was suspended due to my addiction. It is free and clear today. However, in the process of my body recovery journey, I am not sure at this moment whether going back to being a pharmacist is in my best interest.
My thoughts regarding that time, is looking at the five-year license suspension (that would be stayed periodically, so I could still practice) as a HUGE, INSURMOUNTABLE obstacle, and how miserable it would be. I initially thought of the drug screens I would have to do, as a huge cost, and got depressed over the amounts of money I would lose doing them.
In retrospect, it of course wasn't about money. I had gained wisdom!
Now, at 43 years of age, I have learned through my many varied life experiences that something frustrating at first, can be made into lemonade. Patience is truly a virtue. And looking back at it, the phrase 'one day at a time' made a lot of sense.
It compares to pearls on a strand.
When one thinks of the daunting challenge of putting hundreds of pearls on a giant strand, one faints. How hard is it, first of all, to go hunting all of the oysters needed! How challenging it will be to match all of the pearls for color, size, and clarity!
That's when one redirects back to 'one day at a time'.
Think of all the history of prehistoric man. Ancient man used to travel by foot, tens of thousands of miles, across Eurasia and into the Americas across the Beringian landmass when it existed.
Did ancient man have similar thoughts about doing so? I'm sure he did!
But it happened.
As an old Chinese saying goes, "The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step".
So does it matter that I'm still working on 2016 resolutions, in 2018?
Absolutely not at all.
I could have shut my dreams down, said it was too hard, and never done it. I could have chosen not to have faith.
Faith is powerful. And it is well documented in many religious texts and spiritual traditions.
Take a leap of faith today! One day at a time.