Last night I decided it was time to pick back up my habit of an evening walk again. I started in May and did great until my ankle became irritated and swollen. I didn’t want to make it worse before vacation so I rested it for a week. Then I came back from camping and seriously needed rest, but I didn’t start walking again after I rested as much as my body would accept. So yesterday was back to day one, again. It takes 21 days to create a habit.
My journaling habit has also gone by the wayside, because I unintentionally linked it to my walking habit. Without the walk to trigger the journal habit I just stopped making entries. So that is a self-care habit that has failed to persist, but I’m taking it one habit at a time right now so maybe I can re-introduce that in three weeks. At least I have these blog posts that can fill in the blanks a little with whats been going on.
Really the last two weeks in general have been beating me up physically and emotionally. I’ve fallen behind in my work, I’m not getting feed back on most of the work I’ve managed to complete (cricket syndrome is the worst), my house looked like something out of Dante. And every failure attacks my body in the form of worsening fatigue and muscle and headaches which contributed to the messes in the first place. It’s been rough.
So anyway. Persist is continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure. So maybe starting all over again on these habits isn’t so much a failure as an opportunity to practice persistence. An opportunity to get back up, brush myself off, try again. An opportunity to be strong.
I am proud to report that I managed (with the support of my amazing husband–love you sweetie) to regain some ground in the house, work ahead on this post, and re-start my walking habit this weekend despite sleeping very late and needing naps each day. So there I have it–I persisted.
I hope these quotes help to inspire you to persist and to see your difficulties as opportunities to rise above and prove that YOU ARE STRONG.