re-lent-less: adj. oppressively constant; incessant.
I did not want to go to the gym and exercise this morning. The past seven days have been less than stellar, I have a mound of work to do and a sick child at home. Things have been so busy, that I missed getting there yesterday and the day before. It would have been so easy to say, ‘No. I have too much going on in my life right now. I can’t go.’ But I didn’t. I dragged my sorry butt in there, despite the constant bombardment of excuses that floated through my mind. I hopped on that elliptical, then did an hour of yoga. And, oh my! I’m seriously glad I did! The benefit I got from being able to destress and take some time for myself was priceless.
Then I got home. Again, it would’ve been so much easier to grab a frozen pizza and shove it in the oven. I would have enjoyed a slice or two. Or the. whole. thing. But I didn’t. I made a healthy hummus and avocado sandwich, since I knew it was good fuel for my body. And I felt so much better.
And then I sat down. Which wasn’t cool, since I needed to get to work on my edits. But I was tired, I told myself. Yes, but at the end of the day, I would regret not doing what my heart desired (to write!) but I would never regret doing it. So, up I went and got to clicking away on my keyboard. Again, a physical weight seemed to lift from my shoulders and I felt a hundred times happier.
I get lazy, just like any other person. And it would be easy to give in to that laziness. But the problem is, laziness never takes into account the desires of my heart, the things I most enjoy and want out of life. It only looks for the easy way out. Which inevitably makes me feel bad about myself.
Relentless. It’s the word that came to mind when I thought about what today had been. I’d been relentless in my desire to be active and exercise. I’d been relentless in my goal to eat healthy and only put good things into my body. I’d been relentless about taking time in my day to do what I love, love, love to do. To write. (Even though laziness tried to tell me it’s not what I wanted.)
So, I’m here to say to you, that you can do it, too! Don’t give up. No matter what yesterday or the day before looked like, today is new with no mistakes in it. (Thanks, Anne of Green Gables!) Do not lose your focus on your life goals. Have a pile of dishes in the sink? That’s ok. Go play with your kids! The dishes will wait. Have a pile of paperwork to be done? That’s ok. Go do that thing you’ve been wanting to get to all week long. You will thank yourself later, for taking time for the little things in life.
Especially when you realize those little things, were really the big things.
‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ 2 Timothy 4:7