One of the problems with goals is that goals very often prevent you from appreciating who you are â€“ or where you are â€“ at this very moment. Have you ever noticed this?
If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, you might not appreciate the 10 youâ€™ve already lost because you still have 40 to go. Or if your goal is to make a baby, you might not fully appreciate time alone with your spouse because all you can think about is having kids. If your goal is to run a 10K, you might not appreciate the first time you ran 4 miles because youâ€™ve still got 2.2 to go.
When gurus and yogis talk of â€œbeing present,â€ I think this is what they are referring to â€“ donâ€™t get so caught up in your goals and plans that you fail to appreciate where you are right now.
I think I did that with my apartment. I was so focused on buying a house that I didnâ€™t appreciate my apartment. I also stopped caring how it looked beyond basic cleanliness. And now that weâ€™ve lost the house, my eyes have been opened â€“ I love my apartment! I should take care of it because I value it.
So yesterday, we made a few fun swaps that weâ€™ve been putting off until we moved into the house.
Old rug (that I hated with an undying passion because parts were unraveling and stained):
New rug and two new pillow covers = $70 at IKEA!
Maggieâ€™s butt approves.
I also took touch-up paint and finally fixed all the marks on the walls, wiped down and shined the cabinets, and mopped. Today is bathroom day, and Iâ€™m going to buy a new shower curtain since James chewed a hole in the last one and Iâ€™ve been ignoring it.
Donâ€™t let the future steal the present. Enjoy what youâ€™ve got right now. Find something to love about your too-tiny apartment, your current running pace, your body, your family, your job. Even if itâ€™s something small, embrace it. Itâ€™s possible to keep your eyes on the future and your heart in the present.
So please, gather â€˜round my freshly cleaned kitchen, sit at my gleaming countertops, pull up a chair, and enjoy a lovely plate of Vegan French Toast.
- 2 slices whole wheat bread / gluten free bread (if you want the entire recipe to be vegan, make sure you select a vegan bread)
- 1 whole very, very ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Drizzle maple syrup
- Fruit for topping
- Preheat griddle to medium-high and thoroughly grease <â€”overgrease it or the toast will stick.
- In a food processor, combine the banana and peanut butter until a liquid forms.
- Pour banana liquid into a bowl and dredge the bread in, as you would for normal French toast.
- Place on hot griddle and cook each side 4 minutes or until it begins to brown and doesnâ€™t stick to the pan.
- Serve with syrup and fruit.
What are you lovinâ€™ about your life right now â€“ even if itâ€™s only the halfway mark to your final goal?