I have concluded that February has a certain power over us. If you live in the northeast as I do, there is the constant threat of unexpected snow and foggy days. And if you are in college as I am, there is the constant flow of midterms and papers and applications. Lately, I have felt sucked up by the month of February.
But as I reflect on the month’s events I realize that this is not how it has to be. I don’t have to return to my room after a fully packed day and watch an episode on netflix, eat some chocolate, and go to bed feeling regretful for the choices of TV and sweets that I just made. I don’t have to make rash decisions about how I spend my time and my energy. Getting sucked up by the month of February means making mindless choices; but it doesn’t have to be that way.
If I take a pause before eating that next piece of chocolate or if I take a breath before clicking “next episode” at 1am when I should be sleeping, maybe February won’t have the hold it does over me now. There is nothing wrong with those decisions but the state in which I make them. They are simply mindless.
So my intention is to pause, take a breath, and assess “Is this going to help me? Is this what I really want right now?” If the answer is yes, that mindful piece of chocolate will taste wonderful and I will be happy after eating it. However, if it is no, I will have just saved myself from that feeling of regret.
Try taking a breath before acting as we finish out this chilly month. Maybe you will find yourself feeling happier and cleaner, enjoying your piece of chocolate mindfully.
Enjoy your choices! Also check out my guest blog about small acts of love!