Have you ever had someone else see you garden, make bread, home school your children, prepare your meals or just about anything else — and had them tell you : “I can’t do that because —–
- because I’m too busy
- because I have to work long hours
- because I don’t have time
- because I’m too tired after working all day
- because it’s too hard
- because it’s too complicated
- because I don’t have enough money
- because I don’t have enough time
- because I have children
- because I’m breast feeding
- because – because – because — (the list is endless)
Somehow — because they’ve chosen a different way — they perceive everyone else as being richer, having much more time, not having to work as hard they do, having more opportunities than they do, and never having had to go through any learning curve when first learning to do something.
It would never occur to them that you have the same amount of time they do, have just as much or more to do than they do, have worked or do work extremely long hours, might have some severe handicaps and problems of your own, and you started off not knowing how to do what you do now.
Majority Suffer from Inertia
It’s just a fact (not a debate topic) that most people (at least more than 80%) — when they encounter any kind of knowledge — still suffer from inertia —- the tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged and continue in their existing state — even if they know it would benefit them to change.
Thought comes first — and then Action is Required if things are to Change
If we encounter new knowledge that we perceive will or could make our lives better —- we may not be able to make the changes required right this minute. But — we can walk in that direction and take each small opportunity to change (and they WILL come) and do what it takes to make our lives better and more to our liking.
Setting the right priorities and learning how to use our time (on what’s really important and not just fluff) will go a long ways to obtaining the lifestyle we desire.
Each Individual is Responsible
Each of us is responsible for our lifestyle. In the vast majority of cases, it’s the one we have chosen for ourselves. And yes, it seems very popular now for many to blame everyone else and everything else for what they do and don’t do. But what it boils down to is this: after we reach a certain point in our lives — we and we alone are responsible for our lifestyle.
What’s Really Important?
Many are too busy being busy to reflect on what they really want, how they really want to live, and what’s really important in life. And if we’re not like that now, we probably have been at one time in our lives. I know I was.
Once I determined my direction, I took a step and I’m still going that way. I’m leaving out more of the unimportant things with each passing day.
All have Problems — Some have severe Handicaps
I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage, congratulate and praise my readers who are doing great things in their lives in spite of severe handicaps. These can be daunting and are obstacles that are not easily overcome.
Nonetheless, these folks are walking that way — and setting wonderful examples for all of us. They’re out there gardening, putting up food for the winter, taking care of the their families and many other things that a lot of people in perfect health say they can’t do.
Just One Example
I have one reader, a cancer survivor (yep – that’s how she started on organic gardening) — a mother of 3 very young children — who home schools them, grinds her own flour, makes her own bread, tends a wonderful garden, has an active church (and/or social) life, and is busier than most people.
She recognizes the need for quiet time alone to think, plan, prioritize, and focus —- and makes sure she gets it. (Yes – even with very young children!) She knows well that her focus will determine her outcome.
If you feel there are things you want to do and are not doing — give it some thought. Determine what you want and take the first step – no matter how small — in that direction. Sandra, Diane, Gayle, Jenny, Betty, Anniegi, Jennifer, Alice, and many more of us will be here cheering you on!
Organic gardening is easy, effective, efficient —- and a lot healthier.
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