Consistency of Action
He who eats until he is sick must fast until he is well.
Neale Donald Walsch brought this Hebrew proverb to our attention when he wrote,
“That proverb has to do with a lot more than food. Look to see what behaviors you are indulging in over and over again that are clearly not serving you. Then, go on a ‘bad habit diet.’
I mean it. I’m not kidding, Pick one bad habit, one bad behavior a day for five days. You can do this. Stop doing the stuff you’re doing that obviously does not serve you–or others.”
Many of us may be quite consistent with our actions…they just might not be actions that are serving anyone. It is so easy to fall into a pattern of actions without even being conscious of it.
Today is the day to become conscious!
We encourage you to find ONE area that needs some consistency as a parent and commit to it – just one! It may be to consistently stop a behaviour and/or to consistently start a new one.
Here are some examples:
– plan meals for a week on Sunday
– get to bed by 10 every night
– don’t do for your kids what they can do (and allow them to learn)
– work with your kids to get everything ready the night before
– don’t say “hurry up”
– leave your phone at home or in the car and watch (really watch) your child’s game or activity without any distractions
– make a place for kids’ coats, mitts and boots; teach them where they go and hold them accountable to put them away every time this week
– Actions that help the family make a difference. They decrease the nagging and help everyone to feel more positive. They decrease the chaos and increase the calm.
This week, ask yourself these questions:
What is one action I need to get out of my system this week?
What action will I use to replace it?
Are there consistent practices I would like to have in our lives?
What baby steps can we take to get us there?
What can I start today?
It is never to late to start.