Friday, January 4, 2013

The Party is Over

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid
Proverbs 12:1

January is the time to redress in self-discipline
The Christmas trees are down for the count and Baby Jesus and his Holy Nativity crew tucked in for an eleventh-month slumber. Where Santa and Frosty sat, dusty circular frames stare back. With all the "Fluff-N-Stuff" of Christmas put away, my house looks bare as Howie Mandel's big head. It's so sparse without the lights, ornaments and chotchka ... I feel stripped bare without decorations in every nook and cranny of our home.

The naked truth is the month of January screams, "The Party is OVER!"

January is re-group and slow down time.
Down shift to third gear time (if forced to learn to drive a stick shift, you get it).
Back to work time (on Monday)

Like I said, "Party OVER!"
Leaving bad holiday habits behind is a good thing except it requires self-discipline. Any attempt at life balance, whether it be cutting back in one area, or creating new habits, strength of mind and restraint are required.

 It is challenging, uncomfortable, even painful at times.  At least for me. It's easier and more fun to stay in "Festive Mode," AKA:
Pajama mode.
Eat, drink, be fat and tipsy mode.
Forget boundaries, goals and indulge mode.
Come on, it's the American way mode!

That easy-mode road won’t lead to Balance and Satisfaction (BS). Here are some suggestions I found to work some positive BS into your life!
1. Discover ways to devote more time to the activities and people that matter most to you. This is a tough one.

2. Give yourself alone time. Hop in the bath or read a good book? I decided 
to start a 1000 piece chicken puzzle as soon as I finish “Fierce Beauty” by Kim Meeder :0)

3. Exercise regularly. I took weeks off and can feel it! It takes mucho self-discipline to get me off my can. Yesterday, I hopped on Blanche for the first time in weeks and did a two-mile spin around the hood. Must.Do.That.Often!

January is the time to re-calibrate and love on me some good-old-fashioned discipline ... starting Monday, of course!!

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