January 2023 Newsletter
Hello, and a juicy January to you!
Are you there yet?
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Today's issue is about getting there, whatever goal you're trying to reach.
Back when I used to run road races, I wanted to reach the finish line as fast as possible. I wasn't great at managing my energy in the beginning, often
starting out too fast, then depleting myself and having nothing left for the latter part of the race. Learning to pace myself became a priority. I needed
to do this in other areas of my life too, since my habit was to put too many items on my to-do list, then get upset with myself when I couldn't get every single one completed.
On the other hand, you may have known folks, or this may be you yourself, who have a goal, yet are postponing doing anything about it until. Until the kids are out of school.
Until we sell the house. Until I lose some weight. Pick your favorite. Meanwhile, that target keeps moving farther away, since once that event holding you back from action happens,
another until promptly shows up to take its place. Months and years can go by this way.
Both of these approaches can trip you up with regard to vision improvement. Over 20 years ago, when I learned it was possible to improve my strong myopia, I vowed I would be the model
student, improving faster than anyone had ever done before. Well, I'm not "there" yet, still improving my vision slowly and gently. Others have aggressively started doing exercise after
like they were training for the Vision Improvement Olympics! Then they got tired and frustrated at not seeing immediate progress, and gave up completely.
My personal solution for trying to do too much too fast is giving myself a more realistic task list, and implementing changes to my routine gradually. This way I'm more likely to keep it up. When I first started running
years ago, realizing my corporate job was too sedentary, I ran around the block every morning before work. When this seemed too easy after a week or so, I ran around the block twice, then to the
edge of town and back, eventually building up to 5 miles most days. If I'd planned to run 5 miles the first time I set out the door, it would have been painful and difficult, and I doubt I would have persisted.
Exercise is important to me, though I don't go running daily any longer. It feels too much like rushing, a habit I am determined to reduce or eliminate in other areas of my life. This morning I went for a walk
in the frigid sunshine, and had a classic banana-peel fall on the ice in the road, causing all the nearby dogs indoors to start barking loudly, which embarrassed me even more. I'm fine, and was reminded
that "getting there", in this case back home to the warmth to tackle some chores, begins with being here. I wasn't fully present, or I'd have noticed the thick river of ice in the shaded road and
stepped around it.
How about putting more attention on where you are right now with respect to the goal you want to reach? Maybe you're closer than you realize to an intermediate checkpoint. Congratulate yourself, then get gently
back on the path toward your personal finish line. If I notice that I'm no longer afraid to drive in poor visibility, or that the eye chart seems clearer and the letters a deeper black, this is worth celebrating,
even though I can't see the moons of Jupiter with my naked eyes quite yet. A little progress is still progress. Be gentle with yourself and your precious hard-working visual system. You are doing better than you think,
and have plenty of time to proceed at your own pace.
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