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Patience and good enough

Monday, June 14, 2010

I thought I had patience. I am the mother of 6 children. I have taught children's church classes and scouting skills. I have helped kindergartners to learn letters and other things both in my home and in the classroom. I have teenage children and I have been married for nearly 24 years. I think all of these things require patience. I can even make homemade bread with 2 rise times. I thought I was a patient person.

Before my son left he started an avocado growing in the kitchen windowsill. We did not have toothpicks so he set it on a small tin pie pan that he had cut the center out of. He did this so that his younger siblings could see it grow. It has sat there for over 2 months. I considered throwing it out last week because I could see not growth. I thought maybe the tooth picks were needed and we had not used them so maybe it was just not done right so it would not grow.

I had noticed this lack of growth when I was busy and I did not take the time to get rid of it. Then Sunday one of my kids noticed growth and called my attention to it.

I was thinking this morning about how I am making slow progress. I have a few behavior changes that I have made. The resulting change is slow and not very noticeable on the outside. I have noticed better blood sugar control and the scale has started to inch backwards.

I have been filtering the positive stuff out and paying attention to the negative stuff. Then I add negative stuff in my head. Not the way to get success really.

So I have been trying to pay attention to the good things people have been telling me and that I have been experiencing. I am just going to be patient and let the growth happen.
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  • USARUNNERGIRL
    What a great blog my dear friend. I am so happy for you that you are trying to be more patient with yourself. I am trying to learn to be more patient with myself as well. It was a good thing I read this today. I needed it.
    4026 days ago
  • ZIRCADIA
    WOW, great blog!!!! :D Thank you for this, and also for the AWESOME comment on my blog. Thank you thank you thank you!
    4026 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Now ya got the spirit. Good things sometimes take a long time to grow, but they are worth it in the long run.

    YOU GO GIRL!
    4027 days ago
  • SMILESWITH7KIDS
    It's good to see you focus on the positive and ignore the negatives. This is a constant struggle for me and I suppose for most people. I think you've won half the battle since you are aware of the negatives and know they need to be replaced with positives.
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    4027 days ago
  • WALKINGGRANDMA
    I'm glad you are seeing more positive things in yourself. I find that when I beat myself up all the time I have a harder time succeeding. That is why I refuse to do it any more.
    4027 days ago
  • JUSTYNA7
    Excellent blog. I am not the best for noticing changes in myself. That's why it is good to have several indicators to look at. Blood sugars are a very good one. That and the A1C blood tests. I KNOW with diabetes, my age and my many pregnancies it is harder to lose. The other side of the coin would be "what if I were not doing this at all?" I know I was gaining every year before SP. That's worth a lot to NOT gain! So you are right, we need to be much more supportive of ourselves, our efforts and the successes.
    4028 days ago
  • ITSHOWYOULIVE
    AWESOME blog!!! Yes, patience when it comes to our own progress can be the hardest to acheive. Love the analogy and love the outlook. Something I needed to hear today!
    4028 days ago
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