A full plate seems like a dream come true. Indeed it is for many.
What does a full plate mean to you?
To many it’s the picture of a literal plate, a plate filled with food, and (hopefully) a plate to nourish and fuel us.
A full plate is a nice thing to have, and I like to imagine most of us are keenly aware that this is not a luxury all are lucky enough to enjoy.
Then there is the other full plate: the fuel of our lives, made up of to do lists, obligations, chores, passionate pursuits and promises made to ourselves and loved ones.
This plate is rarely empty for many of us, as we hustle through the day trying to keep up with all we commit to.
Our hungers for achievement and successes drive us with voracious appetites…we pile the plates so high until we actually can’t see it all clearly anymore.
When my plate gets too full I start to lose my appetite.
When I get a plate that’s too full for too long – I have to say I stop knowing real hunger anymore. Literally, figuratively, or otherwise.
When this happens to me I know something’s got to go.
So whether you are looking to lighten your load by streamlining what you eat….or dropping a few commitments you’ve made, feel strong in knowing your strength and your wisdom can only do you good.
When times get tough, I always try to lighten the load (just a little).
Step 1: Don’t be ashamed, no one can do it all! Admitting weakness is healing and empowering. Better to know now than further down the road.
Step 2: Look objectively at your life. What brings you joy? What isn’t working?
step 3. Take action! You aren’t going to change overnight, but you can start tomorrow. March forward fearlessly!
Begin to make changes in small doses. This will show real results and can be very motivating, it also won’t overwhelm you.
If you need to devote 10% less time for a friend you just aren’t getting anymore, or even spend 10% less time volunteering because you haven’t time for yourself, you are only going to gain somewhere else. The same goes for your diet. Try cutting meat one day a week, or dairy, or sugar. Give yourself a small boost and try again. Small victories add up.
Chances are, when you streamline, you’ll start to see clearly again. And you may just end up finding that sweet spot, the modern holy grail, that sweet blissful spot known as ‘just right’.
I’m working on it constantly, and it’s why I am here today.
Because many of us could all do to live with (just a little) less.
I am so glad to have found some friends along the way….stay tuned next week – I’ll introduce you to two of my friends who are doing just that! We’ll follow their journey as they both give something up for the good of others….I am so excited to share their story.
I love this response from the Dalai Lama when asked what surprises him most:
“Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”
- Is your plate too full?
- If you had to drop one thing from your life, what would it be?
- Could you live with (just a little) less?
- Are you already?
I’d love to know.
Stay tuned for a killer raw recipe tomorrow….a little something sweet!
Yours in Less,