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Self-improvement One Day at a Time

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Throughout my life, I have rarely felt so satisfied with myself that I have not seen ways I can improve (and those times I did feel satisfied I was deluded). My priorities have changed over time and with the stages of my life, so the ways I want to improve have changed with them.

Albert Einstein said, “Strive not be a success, but rather to be of value.” My focus has changed from my success to my adding value. For instance, to improve myself as a person, I’m more aware of my need to be consistently kind than my need to achieve.

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” –Pablo Picasso. Other parts of my life I want to improve skills and abilities, tangible and intangible. If I want to be a better listener in my relationships, I need to practice listening in ways I have not before. If I want to learn a new knitting pattern, I have to do something I’ve never done before, something that I could not do.

Ways I’m trying to improve this week:
1. Continue my journey to view food as fuel more than a means to comfort myself.
2. Treat myself and others with more kindness and patience, don’t expect perfection but find joy in what goes well.
3. Work toward my goals for health by eating less and exercising more than I did last week.
4. Stay away from screens after dinner.
5. Write a letter to someone I’ve not been in touch with for a while.

I hope I always see the benefit of improving myself and never lose the desire to be a better person.
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