The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~ Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990
I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon juggling. Not literally, of course, because I am not a very good juggler of objects. I always drop something when I try to multitask. What I was juggling were schedules and appointments. There are several medical hoops I must jump through before the small* procedure I’m having in January, and that entails making appointments and making sure I have access to the car and/or my driver (the talented M). It was challenging, but I think I’ve managed to get everything lined up.
*(An aside: You may have noticed I went with “small” procedure. You see, it was growing in my mind because my mind latched on to the things that can go wrong rather than the things that can go right. It’s not a good way to think, or to go through life. After talking with those in the know about such things, I am much more reassured and much more inclined to think of it as something “small.”)
While I was on hold waiting for answers or appointments, I got to thinking about previous challenges I’ve undertaken in the past, particularly the challenges that involved blogging about whatever challenge I was involved in. If you’ve been visiting me at my various blogs for a while, you might remember the 365 Life in the Bogs Get Outdoors Challenge which was followed by two more year-long challenges.
Accountability goes a long way when it comes to succeeding at making some changes in my life. Blogging, of course, gives me that accountability once I’ve announced that I am setting off on yet another challenge or quest. Reporting in, on a daily or almost daily basis, will keep the momentum going, along with the accountability.
As you might have already figured out, I am here today to announce my latest challenge. I am calling it the 55-Day Be Well Challenge. The object of this challenge is radical or extreme self-care with the objective of continued healing. My plan, such as it is, really won’t deviate that much from some of the things I’ve been doing for the past few weeks, and every part of this plan is made with the intention of showering my body, and my Self, with love and good health.
Meditation, yoga, exercise, and getting outside and immersing myself in nature are things I’ve been doing already on a fairly regular basis, and I’m committing now to continuing those practices on a daily basis. No more lazy-day excuses to skip a day here and a day there because that often leads to three or more days (weeks?) going by before I get back into the routine of it.
Eating foods that nourish and aid the healing process have also been on my agenda lately, but it’s time to ramp that up a bit by saying goodbye to dairy. Because the holidays are coming up, I’m going to allow myself one cheat per week. I may not even need it. Having a cheat available is helpful because it prevents binges. It’s never good to say never, even to foods that aren’t particularly good for me. Nothing is forbidden, and if I do indulge, I will do so mindfully. Might as well thoroughly enjoy the experience, right? (That’s something I plan to apply to life in general, by the way.)
I will be chopping wood and carrying water (doing the chores) as usual, and taking at least one rest and/or play day each week. I’m sure I’ll play or rest in between, but I think it’s good to dedicate one day to rest and play. Play often feels like rest to me so combining the two is not out of the question.
There are other plans and possibilities. I’ll let you know about them as they come up.
Thank you for stopping by on this very chilly Wednesday. I don’t think the temperature has gone above freezing. The sky is a beautiful, crystal clear shade of blue, and the sun has been lighting up the ranch, but producing very little heat. Tomorrow will be a small improvement with highs in the 40’s rather than the low 30’s.
I’m going to the Point to watch the sunset. Feel free to join me. Bundle up as it’s going to be cold and windy out there. Sunset is now at 4:48 PM. As usual, I’ll be going early because sometimes all the good stuff happens early. And sometimes it happens late. You never know.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Sunshine!; crystal clear blue skies; indoor heat to keep us warm; clothing to layer so we don’t have to run the heat constantly; hot soup to warm from the inside out; little butterflies still dancing around the meadows.