My Grandparents, Gammy and Poppy, used to say, “Every day, in every way, through the grace of God, I’m getting better and better.” They taught their four children and ten grandchildren that we never arrive. The self-improvement journey is one that never ends. This concept always stuck with me in a profound way, but I have noticed as I get older that growing as a person requires being proactive. Complacency and accepting the status quo is the easy way, and lately, I have been falling into that way too often.
So…that brings me here.
I want to make a conscious decision everyday to improve who I am in some way and document it. It may be big, like beginning a graduate degree program (someday I will!) or something small, like going on a run or reading an enlightening book. No matter what it is, I want to be deliberate, and I want to be held accountable for it. I want to try new things, strengthen relationships, and contribute to the greater good. I want to be self-aware and assess what qualities I am lacking and learn from the people in my life who possess those qualities.
Don’t get me wrong, I know I am a good person already. I have a strong faith. I am caring and compassionate. I am an AMAZING Aunt (if I do say so myself!), a great sister and daughter, and I try to be a good wife to my new husband, Chuck. But…I want to be more. I want to be better. And I want to start now. In the immortal words of Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try.” As of today, I’m going to start DOING. (Thanks, Yoda!)
So, here I am. Thirty-two years into the journey of life but at the beginning of my journey of deliberate self-improvement. Due to my short attention span and my inability to focus on just one thing, I’m going to jump around quite a lot. Better mind, better body, better spirit – but not necessarily in that order.
As Lao Tzu said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I may never arrive, but this is my first step.