Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Life is hard...

A time or two in this here blog I've talked about wanting to get to a place where eating right is just "normal" for me.

My sweet sister gently reminded me that there's no such place.  Most everybody struggles with eating the right things (or the wrong ones, depending on how you look at it.)

And I realized that I have been tripping myself up by letting myself think that there would come a time when this being healthy thing would be easy.  The dream of wanting it to be easy can be dangerous.  It is like a little devil whispering in your ear, "This is too deserve to have it easier...eating pizza is easy." 

I've let myself get off track.  I've been lax about tracking my food.  I haven't been serious about exercising.  At the same time I've been obsessed with the numbers, frustrated that they aren't going down, playing around with them and trying to manipulate them.

M. Scott Peck wrote a book many years ago called The Road Less Traveled.  It begins like this:

          Life is difficult.
          This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.  It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it.  Once we truly know life is difficult - once we truly understand and accept it - then life is no longer difficult.  Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

Coming back to this truth in my life means that I'm back to tracking my food, I'm exercising, and I'm taking care of some other things in my life that I have let slip because I have just been so put out with how HARD everything is!  It really is true.  Once you accept that life is hard, the things you are struggling with just don't seem like such a big deal.

Because even though life is difficult, we don't have to face it alone.  God is right there with us through everything.  And, we have each other.  I'm so grateful to have you.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Cindy,

    How funny you would think of The Road Less Traveled today. I was actually thinking of that book today too! I was only thinking of the title though. I've been working on a piece of art using Matthew 7:13-14

    "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

    The narrow gate is the hard way to go--the road less traveled. It is definitely one of Satan's lies that life should be easy. Scripture never tells us that. In fact, quite the opposite.

    We can look forward to the promise of a perfect eternal life, but in the meantime, you're right--God is with us and we have each other! I'm so happy about that!

    Love you,
    Your sister


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