Know what you're getting into before 'leaping'

Do you want to change? Think about it.

I have decided to make some changes in my life. I challenge my readers to make changes too if necessary. I want to be more bold. I want to be more adventurous, brave, courageous, daring, fearless and assertive. However, I do not want to be bossy or pushy or rude. I just want to make a few changes to make my life better and more enjoyable. I want to live a long, healthy life and enjoy every minute of every day. It is up to me to change me.

Every television show reveals something new and improved and “easy” to do to help us attain a certain goal. They all sound so simple and gratifying, but the truth is no matter what improvement we choose to make, we have to do the work ourselves. We cannot blame others for what we have not done to accomplish our goals.

Let me tell you folks, there is no easy way to accomplish permanent change. But why would we want it to be easy? The most important things in our life did not come easy. It took hard work and sleepless nights to get our college degrees. It takes a lot of love and determination to make a marriage lasting and enjoyable. It takes a lot of work to keep a home organized and operating smoothly. It takes a lot of discipline to get up and go to work every day. See? Life takes discipline and wise choices to have a satisfying existence.

We pay the price for any poor choices we make. If I eat a plate of fudge, it shows on the scales. If I eat a healthy salad, it shows on the scales. Which choice should I make? Which choice will I regret later and which will be celebrated?

I was taught when I was just a little kid, that there would be consequences for bad decisions. Poor grades were unacceptable, so I would have to give up certain liberties and fun times until I applied myself to studies. Wise choices don't begin when we are adults. We have been making choices all our lives ... some good, some not so good. But still it is up to us to decide what we are going to do or not do to make life easier and better and more rewarding.

Every magazine, television program, newspaper or friend has a new, fabulous plan that promises to work miracles. They all sound wonderful, easy, great, fast and have all the perks we are all looking for. The only drawback is, the miracle has to come from within us. No plan of action is effective unless we follow it. Each of us has to decide for ourselves just what works and what doesn't work for our own particular lifestyle. I have devised my own miracle program. It is working for me.

M: Make a commitment to change. Write it out and sign it.

I: I believe I can accomplish my goals. I really WANT to. So just do it.

R: Relax, get plenty of rest, meditate and look within myself.

A: Ask God or my friends for guidance and support. Then listen.

C: Choose wisely. Seek wisdom. Never give up.

L: Love myself enough to make positive changes. I am worthy!

E: Exercise good judgment. Exercise some way, every day. Move and stay active.

It is that simple, but not so simple after all. It all depends on ME. I am the only one who can change me. I want to do it as a favor to myself and my world.

I talk about change as if there is only one change I need to give attention to. There are many. I have a sign in my bathroom to remind me that I need to dream big, giggle more (like I did when I was a little kid); be truthful (especially to myself); look for the sunny side of life and laugh more; show more love to people and make more phone calls to people who are shut-ins; and I want to dance more (and better) like no one is looking. A brisk walk on these cool mornings does wonders to put a lilt in our step. Thinking of others more takes my mind off me.

When I look around me, I realize I have no real problems. But it is easy to dwell only of myself, my house and my dog and our schedules. We all have aims and goals we wish for. Remember wishing doesn't make it so; working does. Every wise choice we make helps us change or reach our goals.

I don't know about you, but keeping a journal helps me be accountable. I write down everything, what I need to do, what I want to do, and appointments I must do. I make a list of things I want to accomplish each day and check them off as I do them. This keeps me on track.

Years ago, I memorized a beautiful poem by Edgar Guest about making choices and living with our choices and liking ourselves.


“I have to live with myself and so, I want to be fit for myself to know.

“I want to be able as days go by, always to look myself straight in the eye.

“I don't want to stand with the setting sun and hate myself for the things I've done.

“I don't want to keep on a closet shelf a lot of secrets about myself,

“And fool myself as I come and go into thinking that nobody else will know

"The kind of man I really am. I don't want to dress myself up in sham.

“I want to go out with my head erect. I want to deserve all men's respect;

“But here in this struggle for fame and pelf, I want to be able to like myself.

“I don't want to think as I come and go that I'm bluster and bluff and empty show.

“I never can hide myself from me. I see what others may never see.

“I know what others may never know. I never can fool myself, and so

“Whatever happens, I want to be self-respecting and conscience free."

In keeping with my commitment to live healthier, I make these biscuits. They are not real fluffy but taste wonderful. They stick to your ribs with plum jelly and a cup of a.m. coffee.

Whole Wheat Biscuits

2 cups whole wheat flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter

1 cup milk

Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. Cut butter into flour mixture like pie crust. Stir in the milk. Mix until smooth. Knead a few times until smooth. Press dough out with hands until about 3/4 inch thick. Cut with round biscuit cutter and place on cookie sheet. Bake in 450-degree oven about 10 to 12 minutes.

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Goodrich writes a weekly column for the Enid News & Eagle​. Send your comments to: Peggy Goodrich, Food For Thought, P.O. Box 1192, Enid, OK 73702.

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