A WARM WELCOME TO YOU ALL
As this is my very first post on the PILOT LIGHT EFFECT website what better topic could I choose than getting started. I have always believed that the hardest part of anything is getting started. It’s the act of deciding to do something and then actually doing something about it. It’s the doing rather than thinking that trips me up each and every time. There are thousands of things in my lifetime that have taken up residency in my mind only to dissipate with the next whim. I am not alone there. Some ideas I talked myself out of, and others I let people do it for me.
It isn’t only regarding my health, My husband and I talked about building a log house for 20 years, to the point that I refused to talk about it anymore because there was no point, it was a pipe-dream that I was convinced was going to stay that way. That is until we actually did something about it. Why was that conversation different than the thousand other ones we had on the subject over the years you might ask…? I stopped agreeing with him that it would be a nice thing to do. If it was as good an idea as we thought let’s make it happen. It was only then that we made a list about what we needed to do if we wanted to have a log house. We looked at where we could build, what restrictions there were etc. we had enough equity in our home to buy the land and created a wish list of what we wanted. With secured funding we were off to the races. Within 3 years we turned a long wanted pipe-dream into a wonderful home. We accomplished something that took both of us by surprise. THE THING IS WE DID IT!
THE FINISHED LOOK
So what is it that makes us break the gravitational pull that keeps us on the couch, or locked away with only our own thoughts for company? If it were desire alone, we would all be slender humans capable of athletic prowess, live in stunning homes and would be monetarily rich beyond our wildest dreams. OK now what? For me, even need didn’t kickstart me into action on the health front.
I take full ownership of the fact that I wasted years waiting for the right medical professional to fix me, only to find that the person didn’t exist. During all of that medically sanctioned madness of declining health and increased medications I sat at home alone for most of the time. In hindsight what was I waiting for? Did I think someone out of the blue, uninvited, would knock on my door and wave a magic wand and things would be perfect? Not a snowballs chance in hell of that happening… I had a better chance of buying a million dollar winning lotto ticket, and yet that was what I had been waiting for someone else’s idea of a fix. It was as though I took myself out of the equation all together, that is crazy and yet that was what I did, and continued to do year in and year out.
I needed help for years, my whole life really if I am being honest, so need alone wasn’t getting me to take action, I had need in spades. Sure if we NEED to do something, as humans most of us will do the bare necessities of life. If you have an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts for example you are going to fastidiously avoid anything to do with peanuts, it’s simple self preservation.
For me, my missing ingredient was ME, oh and some kick ass help once I got off of the couch, but I wouldn’t have discovered that if I stayed put. How could I be missing you might wonder? Not only was I a missing ingredient I was the most important ingredient of all and had gone AWOL. Without me it would be like baking bread and expecting it to rise without yeast or expecting to be discovered while wearing an invisibility cloak. Sure I could easily be found on the couch should someone come looking for me but that really is the crux of the matter. The couch isn’t as good a friend to us as we give it credit for. I had hidden myself away so well that you would need advanced navigational equipment to find me, but once I decided “look out world here I am” my world changed. Whether it’s a mental workout we need for our situation or a physical shake up, we must dust ourselves off and prepare for lift off. Lets get fired up together.
Let me know your story, whether you are simply contemplating action, are stumbling through life or have achieved lift off. Although our stories will be different we can all inspire each other to keep our pilot light strong.
2 thoughts on “GETTING STARTED”
Once again brilliant writing!!!!
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Can I send this to Jan ? Excellent post.