Monday, July 27, 2015

One Step at a Time

While I realize the title of this blog is quite cliche, it still is an everyday thing that our lives are made up of. So, here goes another blog about the old cliche.

My mom and I are challenging ourselves to walk a certain distance everyday in order to be healthier and lose some not so needed weight. Each day nearer to the end of our endeavor for the day, she, my mom, begins to "huff and puff" as she calls it, and usually this is followed by an apology or disappointed comment that she is struggling to make it to her end goal. Fortunately, she doesn't end her usual line of sayings there, she continues on to say, "I just gotta keep putting one foot in front of the other."

I've been thinking about that every day since. We all face difficult times, or set for ourselves a goal that seems attainable at the start, but is quickly discouraged as we begin our journey only to find out there are many seemingly overwhelming obstacles that align the path to our final destination. Anything we set our minds on, whether it be a better time or something to achieve, can be that way. We can face a tragedy and hope the healing, the feelings of despair and the agony will one day end. Or we can want to be great at something, but as we start out, we fail miserably. Or we can believe in something, and want to live by it day in and day out, but find the pressures and demands our everyday life places on us allows for anything but. All of it seems impossible to overcome.

However, there is a silver lining. As my mom said, "you just gotta keep putting one foot in front of the other." That's all it takes, and eventually, you come to the place you've so longed to be. If pain and grief is present in your life, and you wonder if you will ever make it to a place of peace and happiness again, just live one day at a time, and before long, you'll find you can smile again. If you want to be great at something, but every time you try, you fail....keep trying, and with each try you'll find you can do it better than the last leading you ever closer to the mastery of your desired skill. If you want to live out your beliefs, and you find the change seems impossible, just take it one day, one moment at a time, and eventually you will look back over your life and find that you are a lot further along to being the person you desire to be.