There Are More Than 250 Ways To Do The Dishes - No Cookie Cutter Solutiosn In LIfe
You know that there is no cookie cutter solution to your best life, right? This got me thinking about dishes.
The late family therapist Virginia Satir is reported to have done some research and found that there are more than 250 different ways to wash dishes.
Funny story about dishes. Many years ago, at the cottage, the dishes were done one way. There was no running water so we put a pail in the sink and then dumped the pail of dirty dishes water in another pail once the dishes were done.
The funny part was that the sink was a perfectly good sink and no reason not to do the dishes in it however until someone asked why we weren’t using the sink it never occurred to me to do the dishes in a different way than they had been done for years. From that day forward we never used the pail again.
This has changed how I think about doing things. If someone suggests a new way of doing something, I take a moment to think about it, realizing there isn't a cookie cutter approach to life and I might even experiment with their idea before deciding if it is something for me. And I always remind myself that there are more than 250 different ways to do the dishes as a way to practice keeping an open mind.
My point is simply this, although the majority of the people in your life will tell you otherwise, there are very, very few things in life that can only be done one way. All too often, we get into the habit of using the same method to address the same obstacle.
When using this logic on something simple, such as opening a jar, the process is usually successful time and time again.
However, when faced with more challenging issues that other people have unsuccessfully attempted to tackle, it is important to avoid taking the general opinion as gospel.
There will be times in your life where a new problem will require you to come up with a novel solution.
When those around you are all using the same tools and consistently failing, the same tool will probably not work for you either.
Try something different and get out of that cookie cutter way of thinking especially when it comes to your health and fitness.
Over the years I have experimented with different ideas around what foods are best for me to eat to feel my best. I realized that we are not all the same and that there is no one diet fits all. This has helped me to eat more intuitively rather than settling for a strict way of eating.
I began practicing intermittent fasting months ago. I like it.
There is lots of info on the benefits of Intermittent fasting and frankly, it was a challenge when I began.
More info on fasting here https://drjockers.com/best-intermittent-fasting-strategies/
Some days I fast longer than 16 hours because I am not ready to eat. Somedays I don’t fast at all because it feels like my body wants food earlier. Some days I eat less meat and some days more. Well, you get the idea, right?
The important thing is to find out what works for you. Now, junk food or Frankenfood must not be an option. A real organic food way of eating is the best option. Making the choice for pastured proteins and wild fish is a good option. Eat the highest quality of food available to you. Cooking your meals in your kitchen is a good practice because you know the quality of the ingredients in each meal and once in the habit, it can really be enjoyable.
The same goes for exercise. There are so many options when it comes to moving well.
Simply get out for a daily walk. Walking is one of our go-to forms of movement and yet it is not the only form.
We weight train, use kettlebells, bands, bodyweight exercise, body flow, Zumba, trampoline, hiking and we ride our bikes. You might find gardening a great option or yoga, mountain biking, skiing, martial arts for example.
Experiment and find a few solutions that you are happy with.
Practice daily and enjoy the process of finding what the best options are for you.
You might just find that your options are endless. Enjoy the journey.
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