He who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life. ~ Victor Hugo
Setting goals for the day makes it more likely that I will accomplish something. Nevertheless, there are days when I make plans and something gets in the way with them. Anything can interfere with my goals—hepatitis C, another illness, a change in mood, life.
When I lived with hepatitis C (recent lab tests indicate it is gone), it was tempting to blame it for everything that goes wrong. “If I didn’t have hepatitis C, I’d be (stronger, more energetic, sleep better, think better, etc)” but the truth is that everyone has challenges. Challenges are a part of living.
As for goals, sometimes I make goals that derail other goals. For instance, if I think that I need to spend the day sitting at my computer, writing articles and catching up on email, this will sabotage a bigger goal—the goal of staying healthy. To maintain my health and vitality, I must exercise on a daily basis, and practice moderation in all that I do. Sitting all day will not feel good.
Hepatitis C reminds me that I need to care for myself. This virus can be an obstacle or stepping-stone to something better. Which is it for you?