Daily Bread (Week 5)
How organized can one be?
This week we talked about organizing our lives so that we can make the changes we need to make, to stay on program, and to reach our goals. We need to remember that the goals are not just numbers on a scale, but the deeper goals, the “why’s” that brought us to this point. Mine are listed here. I keep referring to them when things get hard.
Since I am retired, being organized has been fairly easy for me. There are not many things I have to do. I don’t have small children I need to feed, and my wife Anne is completely capable of cooking her own meals. I can keep a gallon jug of water in the fridge, and set out my meal replacements for each day on the kitchen counter. I can exercise at home in my pool. A challenge for me has been going out. Because of the water I am drinking, I can’t make it through an hour church service without a bathroom break. Maybe I need to slow down on the water on Sunday mornings before church, but that would require being more flexible. Flexible seems hard as compulsively following the routine, a regimen really, is what has made this easier for me. Can I do the Mountain play next week? The hours in the sun, the hike to the bathrooms, and folks eating fancy picnics all around me, might be more of a challenge than I am up for right now. We will see.
One of the ways I am “organizing my world” is by doing this blog. Since I post it on Facebook as well as on my website, I have in some ways created a “community of accountability”. Friends, family, and others know I am doing this. As a minister, my community of accountability has been my colleagues and our professional organization which hold me in covenant to certain standards of ethical behavior. I count on those good people for feedback, for help as I struggle with all kinds of issues, including how to be a decent ally in the holy work of dismantling white supremacy and other forms of oppression.
My group at Kaiser is also a community of accountability in this particular and very specific journey.
Community is so important. Friends are so important.
It must be time to post a link to a video. Music is also important.
a little help from my friends (I get by)
(My stats for last week – down 5.2 pounds, drank 7 gallons of water and exercised for a total of 270 minutes. My total weight loss so far is 17.3 pounds.)