2 steps forward and 1.9 steps backward is still progress!
The title of this weeks blog are the exact words that sprang out of my mouth this morning after a night of over-indulging in food and drink. Like most of you, I struggle to stick to my goals. To use one of my many, many, many wave metaphors – I struggle to stay on top of the wave. Some days are better than others but this morning was a painful reminder of how easy it is to slip off the crest.
When I said to my partner this morning “2 steps forward and 1.9 steps backward is still progress” we both laughed and you know something…I actually felt better! Sure it was 1:00 PM and I was just getting out of bed but what else could I do but laugh at my humanness.
I think it is really important to celebrate the small victories and sometimes view our life through a long lens. I mean if I was to really judge my progress as a human by last night’s example – yikes, I might actually slip into a serious bout of depression and self-loathing. When I look at my life over a longer spectrum I see that there is some progress. For all my faults, I am getting better – I think.
I try to watch what I eat. I try to not over-imbibe on the juice of the vinifera. I try to be a better partner. I try to be a better son and a better brother. Some days I can be proud of my progress and other days…well…not so much.
I am proud of the fact that I am writing today. I am happy to be spending a quiet night with my partner and I am happy that I can laugh at myself and see that 1.9 steps backward last night still netted me a 0.1 step forward.