Some days I just wish things were easy. Well, let’s be honest, most days I wish things were easy, but they rarely are easy. It would have been easier to stop at Sheetz or McDonald’s (yuk) on my way home from work today instead of buying a bag of ice and coming home and making my own iced coffee. I have figured out though, that I really prefer my own iced coffee and it’s much less expensive than most places. I know it seems like a silly reference, but I love coffee, and especially iced coffee on a hot afternoon, so coffee it is.
My life right now is very mixed up. I’m trying to learn as much as I can so I can help people learn how to live more healthy. I’m trying to share about Juice Plus as often as I can so I can help as many people as I can to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet. I’m trying to exercise myself, as well as teach other people how to get active and move more. Even more than all that, in the last several years I have been trying to figure out who I am. And now, in the midst of all this (and more), my marriage is seriously on the rocks. My family is hurting and my husband and I are trying to figure out where we go from here, but more importantly, HOW we go from here.
I was talking to my sister yesterday and she said something that really stuck with me. She said if you don’t know how, you can learn. Seems so simple, but it’s true. And to learn, sometimes you have to find someone smarter, or maybe just more experienced than you and be willing to learn from them. It’s hard to admit when you’ve allowed things to get so bad that you just don’t want to deal with them anymore. It’s even harder to admit that you’ve known things were bad for a long time and you just weren’t willing to do what you needed to in order to make things right. We all get that way sometimes.
Really everything in life can be related to our relationships and iced coffee. When you let things go in a relationship, it starts to get unhealthy, but you don’t always get it taken care of right away. Then eventually, things get so unhealthy that you wonder if you shouldn’t just scrap it and start over. Lots of people have allowed their bodies to get to a point that they are unhealthy and they either don’t know how to get better or they’re not willing to make the changes it will take to get healthy again. So, they go for the quick fix and get a prescription, hoping it will make them feel better, and for a while it does. But eventually they realize they are spending a lot of money on medications that really aren’t fixing the problem, they are really only masking the symptoms. Most people realize, even if they don’t want to admit it, that unless you get to the core problem, you’ll never really be healthy. It’s true of your physical health and its true in the health or your relationships. In both cases, it takes a lot of determination and dedication to make the changes that are necessary for healing. In the case of relationships, all of the people involved really have to be committed to making changes or the relationship(s) will not survive. Fortunately, when it comes to our bodies, we are the only ones who really have to be committed to making the changes.
How does all this relate to iced coffee? Well, if I stop on my way home from work and get iced coffee from somewhere, nine times out of ten I’m going to be disappointed. It takes a little more time and effort on my part to come home and make it myself, but it is so much better. I am rarely ever disappointed in my own iced coffee.
Even at my age, I realize that I have a lot to learn about relationships. I am still learning about myself, who I am, who I want to be, and where I’m going. I am willing to take the time to learn more about how I can improve, what I need to do to have better relationships, and what it’s going to take for my marriage to survive what seems to be a major shipwreck. I am also willing to learn what it’s going to take to be healthy, both physically and emotionally, and I’m willing to commit to doing what it takes. I know it won’t be easy. Sometimes I will probably feel like giving up, scrapping it and starting over, and I’ll probably feel like running away sometimes. The truth is, there are lots of times in life that I have run away, scrapped it and started over and even quit, but the best results come from sticking with it, working hard, and seeing things through. It takes more work, but it really is better in the long run.
I know this is really kind of personal, but I think that sometimes we have to share who we really are with each other. I don’t have it all together. Sometimes I don’t eat right, some days I just don’t feel like exercising, and some days I’m not as nice as I wish I was, but I keep at it. Sometimes it just helps to know that we are all in this together, and we can help encourage each other and try to be positive, even when things don’t look all that positive. There is a writer that I follow, Glennon Doyle Melton, who says, “We can do hard things” and it’s true. We CAN do hard things, especially if we do them together.