We have all heard the old saying, “How do you eat and elephant? One bite at a time.” But applying this to our own life we can forget that our “Elephants” of life take hundreds if not thousands of bites. I have talked before about avoid fantasy thinking. This is when we travel far away in our minds and visualize the fancy car, the big house, the yacht we don’t yet have. The hormones are released just as if we were living the dream in tangible reality. The problem is we have to come back to life the way it really is. We desire those things without putting in the effort. We dream of a life of ease. Do you know what ease will get you? I have seen it over and over in my office. I have had hundreds if not thousands of patients who counted the days down to retirement. What they thought of as ease. The day finally arrived and they didn’t have to get up and go to work tomorrow or the next day or the next. Over the following months I saw rapid aging both physically and mentally. This life of ease meant a life of doing nothing in many cases. They were on the fast track to disease and early death. Work is good for us. It is necessary for us to grow. I’m not saying we should not want to accomplish those big dreams by all means we should but understand it is a process. It takes one bite at a time. If we get excited about the million dollar house when we can barely pay for the tiny apartment we set ourselves up for disappointment and despair. When we have the dream but come back to reality and know how far we really are then we can begin to eat that elephant one bite at a time. Then when it doesn’t happen next week we don’t throw away our copy of the “secret” and get depressed because the magic genie didn’t give me the million dollar house. So go ahead and dream those dreams but plan accordingly and know that it will take PERSISTENCE to attain it. Eat that elephant one bite at a time.
The Daily "ECHO"