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Springing into Action

Updated: Jun 4

Japan sakura
Sakura (Spring Time) Japan

There comes a time in all our lives when we either choose to say, ‘F*ck it! or Suck it!’ regarding our careers, relationships, physical or mental health and or our finances.

Maiko Snow Resort
No traffic this morning⛷️🎉

From personal experience, whilst pondering the pros and cons of ‘F*ck it’, I consciously know I’m also sitting on the fence, whilst experiencing proverbial splinters up my bum, and at the same time subconsciously choosing to say to myself that I’m ok with my choice to continuing ‘Sucking it’. 

However, it’s not good. It’s not healthy and it helps no one, especially our future selves.

Rabbit Carrots and choices
Not a fence or splinters, but you get my drift 😁

Then in an instant I choose to say, ‘F*ck it’ and everything changes all at once.

Sake tasting
Sake Tasting 🍶, Echigo Yuzawa, Niigata, Japan

I’m not saying it’s easy on the other side. Hard is unavoidable, be it now or later. 

What I am saying is that it’s more empowering to be in control of your own choices, rather than giving or having your choices taken away from you.

Ball and spiral
Are you spiralling upwards or downwards?

Like throwing a stone into a still pool of water, our changes ripple through the lives of others too.

ripple effect
Beware of the ripple effect!

Naturally the others will do their best to calm their own waters by deploying their own processes, strategies and actions that were previously successful in keeping the status quo.

And if it’s a big change, hang on for your dear life because you’ll probably also experience some real white knuckling, teeth clenching, scary sh*t moments. 

Then again, their overreactions could also reaffirm your decision to change, gifting you the clarity and reasons of why you felt your need to change in the first place, along with the motivation you need to keep moving forward.

tunnel of light
Tunnel of Light

With change comes life. Just as spring follows winter, the winter snow melts, green shoots appear, spring flowers bloom and sparrows learn to fly. 

Choosing to change is your own spring, a time of new growth, new beginnings and new possibilities, awakening you from your winter freeze of inaction.

Maiko Snow Resort
Spring skiing, Maiko Snow Resort, Minamiuonuma, Niigata, Japan

I’m sure, for those little sparrows, learning to fly for the first time is scary. They could fall from their nest and die. They could also choose to stay in the comfort of their own little nests, whilst slowly dying of starvation and being prey to a hungry squirrel or a circling hawk. 

But they don’t, stay in their nests forever; they have wings, and it’s in their very nature to fly.

Action beats intentions
Every single time!

So today being the 1st of March and the first day of spring here in Japan, for those of you who are stuck in a rut, unhappy with your current environment, situation, health, relationships or whatever, all I ask you to do is ask yourself ‘if not now, then when?’ 

Then spring into action and make your plans happen.

March Goals

  • Finish website conversion (old to new site) 💪

  • Progress book (minimum 2 chapters) 📑

  • Improve Japanese (written & spoken minimum 30 new words)🈷️ 

  • Complete Japan apartment renovations (re-wallpaper, splashback, stove, bathroom tap replace) 👷♂️

  • Improve stretching (to touch toes with legs straightened). I'm 5cm away now but before I was 15cm away😁 

  • Travel to Malaysia and Philippines ✈️

Note some of these goals have been carried over from February because I didn’t achieve them last month ☹

What am I reading/watching/listening?

  • Jack Reacher. The Secret. By Lee Child and Andrew Child

March's Book in readiness for my flight to Malaysia

  • Matrix. Netflix. The Matrix is an American cyberpunk media franchise consisting of four feature films, beginning with The Matrix and continuing with three sequels, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and The Matrix Resurrections

movie matrix
Matrix movie Series for the Month of March

  • Japanese Disco, Funk & Soul 1972-1987. Spotify Play List. Great for skiing⛷️ 🏂❄️🏔️

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