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(NOTE: This post isn’t about “last suppers” in the biblical sense. Just thought I should put that out there. )
Have you ever “decided” to make a change in your life and told yourself you needed one last hurrah?
Like…you’re going to give up smoking…after this last pack of cigarettes….
Or…you’re going to give up drinking sodas (or whatever….)…after you finish that last six-pack/bottle
Or…you’re going to start eating healthy…after the holidays, your birthday, your vacation, etc?
Or…you’re going to start working out…on Monday…
Get the picture? Those “after” moments represent your “Last Supper” – you’re send-off for whatever behavior you want to change.
Not necessarily a bad thing but…how many times have you had your “Last” supper (that “last” cigarette, that “last” fast-food dinner , that “last” soda….that “last” call/visit from that ex that you KNOW should remain an “ex” (and a distant one at that!)?
When one of my nephews was younger, we would take him different places with us. He was (is) a hyper-kid, always talking, always moving…not always listening. It’s what kids do, right? And as a parent of nine kids, you’d think my mom would know (remember) that but…on occasion, she was embarrassed by it.
She would say to him, “This is the last time I take you anywhere with me” or “This is the last time I let you do XYZ”.
Of course it wasn’t. And he came to recognize that her “threats” were meaningless. And so…he kept doing whatever it was that he’d been doing. It got to the point that when my mom was reaching the point of exasperation with him, one of us (or several of us) would complete her “This is the last time” threat. (Hearing it in unison irritated her to no end. LOL)
I say all of that to simply say this: Let the “last time” be just that – the last time.
Why can’t the last time you had a soda, the last time you had a cigarette, the last time you dealt with someone else’s BS be just that: THE LAST TIME…
What will it take to make your “Last Supper” truly your “LAST Supper”?
There is no better time to begin embracing change that NOW. NOW is your true seat of power. Seize it! Many of you will say, “But, I don’t have a plan yet.”
Yes you do – you plan on NOT doing/saying whatever that chosen behavior is. You choose to eat healthy food, you choose to drink more water and less soda/alcohol. You choose to go for a walk today, to take the steps vs. the elevator.
You may not have a fully-fleshed out plan but you don’t need one to “just” get started. Give yourself that little bit of momentum by stepping into whatever it is you desire for yourself and trust that you can structure your “plan” as you move forward. Stop waiting or wishing for the “perfect” conditions under which to begin. They don’t exist. They never will.
There’s never going to be a better time to get started than right NOW, while the behavior is fresh in your mind, while memories of what it costs you are fresh on your mind, while your determination is high.
Start where you are and build your plan outward. (And for those of you waiting for the “New Year”, you can start a “New Year” at any given moment. All you need do is CHOOSE.)
Let the last time BE just that – the last time.
Live SoulFULLY…embracing the power & purpose of NOW,
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