How to Follow Good Orderly Direction
You get to choose your direction, your pace, how much ground you’d like to cover during a certain travel period and in what manner you abide by the journey’s signposts.
Lately, I’ve been flying down the road faster than I would like and consequently I’ve been missing some signs. Fatigue and other health concerns crop up. Not taking breaks to nourish myself results in mistakes that need correcting. Without time-outs, my mind can’t rest and I become grumpy, gritchy and snarly.
I wonder if anyone can relate.
Fortunately, I’ve learned that side-trips are a necessary element of the journey. These jaunts, which in my case, are a few hours of perusing my favorite stimulating blogs, catching up on my personal writing and reading articles and books rich in mental upliftment, are my lifesavers because they force me to slow down. Moving slower means I’m more likely to see the signs meant for me.
If I’m lucky, as I have been recently, I’ll see a sign as a result of a blog entry, RSS feed or hard-copy article, that nicks at the edge of a personal challenge. That’s when I know I’m following Good Orderly Direction, or as an acronym, God.
Steps Toward Good Orderly Direction
Set an intention. Regular readers know that with the start of the new year, I set an intention to take better care of my body and to listen to the messages it sends. Acknowledging that intention automatically set me on a path where I will eventually arrive at a more healthy goal. But as is often the case, the path is a little rocky.
I’m experiencing neck and back pain that is interfering with my ability to comfortably do some day-to-day tasks. The neck stuff–arthritis and bulging discs–is causing periodic debilitating headaches. On those days, I don’t function well and I certainly don’t care about my steps to Good Orderly Direction.
But I did set that health intention and I am NOT a quitter, so . . .
Use pain to activate motion and motivate action. It’s true that pain is a great motivator. If you’re like me, though, sometimes the thought of taking action causes more pain! Loopholes and workarounds are far too common in my life; I can be the queen of “yeah-but’s” and delude myself into thinking that a little bit of action is good enough. I’ve learned though, that settling for “good enough” can come back to haunt me.
An intention to take action must be accompanied by a secondary action to change the thinking or behavior causing the pain and then MOVE. An action in motion serves two purposes: it keeps the body more fluid and limber and it also acts as a forward-motion propellant toward your intention.
Stay in-step and focus on the intention. Yes, it’s possible to do both. You can concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other and be present to each step while keeping your eye on the prize.
On March 1, I embarked on a 21-day trip to crave food less and crave God more, courtesy of Lysa TerKeurst’s “Made to Crave” teaching/action plan for losing weight. (for more information, go to www.MadetoCrave.org). Right away I realized that trying to not crave my comfort junk food while being in pain didn’t work so well. I started to give up.
And then I remembered my intention to treat my body to better health. That’s my prize and it’s okay to have missteps on the way toward that prize. A few. So long as my missteps don’t through me completely off-track.
Step-by-step, I move in a Good Orderly Direction toward my intention.
That’s the bottom line. What are your intentions today and how is your trip going so far?