Today’s quote of the day inspired me to write this post.
“Human beings have the tendency to expect greatness on their first attempt at something new.
Then, when faced with the reality of false, unmet expectations, we abandon everything we know about “trial and error” and “practice making perfect”.” ~Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness
I am guilty. I have been studying holistic health and nutrition for years. Driven mostly out of my desire to “fix myself”. I am realizing now that sometimes what I tried wasn’t wrong; the timing was. As you all know I’ve been on a journey to balance my hormones for years. During those years I have tried thousands, I mean thousands of dollars of medicines, products, procedures and tests. All of them worthy of the knowledge that ensued. None of them seemingly at the right time or place in my life, or obviously I would have overcome these issues sooner.
Every time I threw something at the wall of my life, I expected it to stick. Well I hoped it would anyway. I stayed positive, which was difficult at times. I was certain that THIS was the thing that was going to improve my situation and change my life! I wish that were true. I truly believe I have earned a Master’s Degree from the School of Hard Knocks….maybe multiple degrees. I don’t recommend anyone try it, but I am grateful for the wisdom I can share as a result.
Let me get to the heart of the matter. Just because you tried something once and it didn’t work out, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it again.
My sister often pokes fun at me when asking “What are you eating these days?”. She knows I’m always tinkering with my diet, my macros, my nutrient timing, etc. I’m always learning something new about how our bodies respond to the food we eat, and specifically how mine does. I’ve been Vegan, Vegetarian, Atkins, Calorie Counter, Low Fat, Paleo, Raw Food, Strictly Organic, Gluten-free, Zone… what did I leave out? I’m using diet strictly as an example. You fill in the blank of that thing you have given a stab in life….or multiple stabs.
Just because it didn’t work the first time doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it again. Let’s say for example, matters of the heart. Keep a journal. Make a log. Track the data. Look for the patterns and inconsistencies. What resonated? What did not? Pay attention to how it all felt. There’s a reason for the saying “go with your gut”. (Gut health, is another blog, for another day).
We have a saying in the church world (where I grew up): Eat the meat and spit out the bones. What does that mean? That means rarely are you going to agree with EVERYTHING that one person, book, or approach prescribes. Know thyself. Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater…. Just because I say one crazy thing doesn’t mean you should dismiss everything I say. There is something to glean from everyone and everything in life. Even if it is ‘don’t act stupid like that guy’. Keep the things that work. Trash the things that don’t …..or just keep practicing at them (like relationships) and eventually you will get the nourishment from the meat(and stop choking on the bones).
Hopefully you are picking up what I’m laying down? Because I’m starting to run out of cliches. Don’t be guilty of being close-minded or unteachable. Don’t be guilty of trying something once, that made good sense and never going back. Some things in life just take some tinkering and most of the time they are absolutely worth it!