I’m familiar with the parable of “the tiger and the strawberry” ( “Mmm…how sweet.”) As you can tell from my recent posts, I’m familiar with the feeling that I’m hanging from the tree root, feeling like there’s danger above and below.
Another analogy that has come to mind in almost every struggle I’ve gone through in my adult life is: “When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot in it, and hold on for dear life!”
- (A funny thing just happened in my brain. I’ve always imagined that knot being a simple overhand knot, but a thought just came from the back of my mind which said, “but wait, I know how to tie a one-handed bowline!” - A bowline is an essential knot used to help rescue people; it forms a secure loop that will not slip closed or apart. — I taught knot tying when I was a Boy Scout! )
The meaning I get from the parable of “the tiger and the strawberry” is that no matter how bad your circumstances are, you can find something to appreciate, there is still something of value (beauty, sweetness, sustenance) that life has for you.
I’m trying to get started on daily habits (for the umpeenth, or maybe umptieth time). I know that I need to start simply, and I’m following a self-improvement concept I learned about in recent months called PIES. (It’s an acronym for: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, & Spiritual … P.I.E.S. — As taught in this model, “Spiritual” does not refer to a specific faith, but to “your own beliefs and values”, whether they be along the lines of a specific faith, or not.)
These were taught to me as “the four areas of attraction”. Whether or not my wife ends up attracted to me again, I know that I can keep working on myself, become a better person today than I was yesterday … even if just by a tiny bit.
- I can get in a little exercise and eat a little better. (P)
- I can read something good and maybe learn something new. (I)
- I can practice mindfulness and gratefulness. (E)
- I can read a passage in the Bible (since I follow the Christian faith) and spend some time in prayer. (S)
I have a habit tracking app, but I haven’t used it in months. I’m trying to get started using a daily log, inspired by the Bullet Journal, in a hardbound paper journal.