When I was a kid we always had pancakes for dinner on Shrove Tuesday. I didn’t really understand why. I just liked the idea of eating breakfast food at a non-breakfast time.
What I didn’t know was that historically on Mardis Gras people used up the fat they had in their kitchen that they weren’t allowed to use during the fasting period of Lent. I think I thought “Fat Tuesday” was what would happen if you ate too many pancakes.
Regardless of the religious traditions you might follow today, it’s worthwhile to give some thought to getting rid of the fat in your life.
Ask yourself this question:
What kind of excess do I have in my life?
Maybe the fat in your life takes the form of actual fat. Your body weight and fitness level is not ideal.
Maybe you have too much clutter. Your home is a collection of things you don’t really need or want or even use.
Maybe you have too many commitments. Your schedule is stuffed to the rafters with no room for the unexpected or unpredictable.
Maybe you have too much debt. You live beyond your means by spending more money than you make.
Maybe you have relationships that drain you of energy – ones that are no longer mutually enriching or satisfying yet you continue to give them time.
If we are honest with ourselves, most of us have too much of something in our lives.
Regardless of what that is, it is taking up physical, mental and/or emotional space which means there is not enough room for something else. Every so often it’s good to clean up the excess. By getting rid of something that no longer serves you, space and energy is created for the things you really want in your life.Get rid of something that no longer serves you and create space & energy for things you really want in your life. Click To Tweet
Now is a great time to have your own personal Mardis Gras by getting rid of some of the fat in your life.
How to get started?
You already know where the excess is in your life. Maybe there is one area or maybe there are many. It doesn’t matter – you only have to pick one area to start.
There are two ways to begin. Choose either the thing that feels like it is the simplest to tackle, or choose the one that will have the most impact if you make a change.
Sometimes choosing the simplest thing feels less overwhelming than focusing on a bigger or more complex one. You can make some changes with greater ease and that momentum can then be carried forward into other areas.
Choosing the thing that will create the greatest impact probably does require more effort and focus. But if a big change is called for and you are motivated to take it on, know that the payoff will likely be as big. When there is something that we have been ignoring for a long time, it undoubtedly has an impact on most of the other areas of our life too. So tackle the big thing and you just might find that many other things fall into place.
Whatever way you choose cut the fat in your life, remember changes big or small all begin with one step.
Like the saying goes you eat an elephant, or a giant stack of pancakes, one bite at a time.