In any endevor there is a first step.
Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint it, but it is there.
I can look back on my life and see so many first steps, for buying real estate, for becoming a belly dancer, for starting to paint, for becoming a vegetarian and a raw foodist.
Not all first steps are the ONLY first steps. Sometimes we don't realize we are in a process of progress, until we look back on it.
Each step takes us further and further.
I don't want to call it a goal, because a goal is something that you aim for, that is a destination, and a focus, where a process is the journey, NOT the destination.
So, I used to see eating raw as a goal, to finally be that 100%, well, I was there, so what? Where was my motivation? I had reached my goal, heck I'm 100% raw every morning, before I eat anything, if you really want to be specific.
So, I had to take a look at my first steps, my first step to become raw when I took Victoria Boutenko's Gourmet Raw chef class 5 years ago, achieving that title, getting the certificates, buying Alissa's book and DVD just last summeer, joining this raw board, buying a dehydrator, buying organic produce, planting an organic garden, every step was a wonderful first step towards part of my raw journey.
And each step is just as important as my first step on this planet. Actually as my first breath.
Because, as I take each step on my journey, I am living my life. Each day, each step, every day, as it comes, sometimes 100% raw for this moment, or day or week or month, and sometimes not.
I am always progressing, even when I feel like I'm not, because even when I am in a cooked eating space, I am learning, maybe I'm learning what NOT to do when I am stressed, but I am learning, and sometimes I need to learn the lesson again and again until I really get it, but it is the process to progress that I continue.
Because I can only become more ME, there is no one else I can become, there is no thing else I can do. I can only become ME.
My process is to progress, and each day, each step, each breath brings me closer to my goal, my destination of being ME.
Totally, completely ME, here, now, forever. ME.
Nice post RP.
My first step was coming to this site.
I was just curious but I think deep down I have been looking for a answer to my health problems. I kind of stumbled onto it by accident.
Or was it?
My second step was buying Alissa's book.
It doesnot sound like a big step ; but it made me realize I was serious about my health,
When you put it that way. . . .
RP - you have such a way with words that I am able to see a situation so differently after I have ready your take on it. Thank you. . . .
When I look at where I am now, I see that I have taken many steps. . .taking those very first steps 6 years ago by letting go a lot of the processed foods in my life. . . .then again last year by adding more and more raw food into my life, joining this board and buying Alissa's book (and several others) and then continuing to come back here, even when I wasn't quite sure if I was ready. . .all those stops along the way are, indeed, opportunities to learn and to grow and to approach life a little differently as I continue to take steps in my life. . .
Hmm, maybe I'm having a bit of that mental clarity that I read so much about happens after we become more and more raw.
Thanks RP. . .
You are so very welcome,
Sometimes it is hard to see our progress as we look at each day, and sometimes we don't see anything except where we weren't perfect, but each day is part of the process of life.
I remember my friend who would look in the mirror each day, and say "Yep, just the same as yesterday." looking at her beauty, she is still doing this at age 58, and still thinks she looks like she did in her 20's, now maybe this is a good thing and maybe it isn't.
You see, she never sees the subtle changes in her beauty.
Like a fine wine, people get better with age, more wisdom, more knowledge,more skills, more life experiences etc.
So, when we are so close to something that we look at it every day, we don't see the subtle changes, but if we take a look at where we were 5 or 10 years ago, some maybe 5 or 10 days or weeks ago, there is a big difference.
I just like to acknowledge that my life is a journey, not a destination, where I want to arrive at death safely. LOL
Thanks for replying. :)