I guess I live a bit of a sheltered life and largely spend my time with others who are on the path to better health, personal development and positive relationships. While the people I meet are very nice, I am overwhelmed by the amount of candy, toxic cleaners, and processed foods that I ring out every day. People limp through my line, complain of their ailments, and are happy to grumble about their children, spouse, neighbor or whoever has upset their expectations that day. It is definitely not an environment of growth, optimism and gratitude.
Do I want healthier, more meaningful relationships? One way to make this a reality is to read good books that inspire me with new ways of communicating or in showing appreciation. Do I want a better job? Taking a class to increase my knowledge or skill base could benefit that goal.
Hey, speaking of healthy changes... if I could show you how to reduce your focus on unhealthy foods and better your relationships at the same time, would you be interested? Here it is. Shift your focus from food to people. That's right. Instead of buying someone chocolates or candy, buy a journal and take time to write in it the things you truly value about that person. Promise to add entries in the future on other special days. Step away from the buffet table on Mardi Gras and focus on connecting with and sincerely complimenting as many people as you can. Share a joke, laugh over a memory, smile and watch it leap from your face to another's.
Lent has begun this past weekend and is often a time of sacrificing special foods or other "treats". While it is fine to deny yourself some pleasure and offer up your inconvenience with a prayer every time you want to grumble, another option is to make people your focus this lent. There are lots of things you can do. Choose to serve others once a week, add value to the lives of others each day, do something special with a nephew, niece or grandchild(ren) once a week, or correspond with a lonely relative or neighbor.
This is a fabulous time of the year for us to reset our goals, change our focus from food to people, and choose a positive, life giving attitude that will bring joy to ourselves and all who come in contact with us.