Just as cultivating Belonging is a lifestyle choice, living healthily, AFTER the holidays is also a lifestyle choice that requires being intentional and extending grace to ourselves when we don’t always choose a side salad over fries to go with that favorite high calorie seasonal comfort food.
Come on now, keep it real with me -- we all fall off the wagon a little bit as the year winds down.
By the way, is it just me, or does “eating” season seem to start with Halloween candy that takes a month to eat, which rolls into Thanksgiving which takes a month to eat, then Christmas, New Year’s parties, Super Bowl parties… you see where I’m going with this.
Yet, we somehow extend grace to ourselves when we fall short of our own expectations and vow to get back on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon the next day (sometime next week). And it’s okay. Just like it’s okay to extend grace to ourselves when the intentions of our words and actions don’t align with the impacts our words and actions have on others. Once brought to our attention and rectified, tomorrow is another day to try again, which is possible through the cultivation of healthy relationships that prioritize HUMAN AFFIRMING BEHAVIORS.