30 Day Challenge Day 4- Clarity of Mind

January 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today started off much better than yesterday did. Today’s challenge seems to be the evening. Afterall it is Friday.

I have come to realize that a big part of my Friday has been looking forward to a relaxing evening at home with family and with a couple of glasses of great wine. The process started just around noon when the e-mails and tweets start coming in asking for recommendations for wine with a specific meal. I found myself fantasizing about what we should have for dinner and what wine I should have. I caught myself virtually tasting through dozens of wines.

The moment came when I arrived home. Ange had got some choice steak and made a delicious side dish involving cauliflower, garlic, and a hint of parmesan. That was so cruel. I found myself staring at my wine chest and biting my lip in intense craving. Then the worst of all possible scenarios came to life; dinner was not for another 45 minutes – OH MY GOD!

After telling myself “No! Fight It!” for almost an unbearable amount of time, dinner was ready and we sat down. I have mentioned before and bears mentioning again that making this work is as much a mental challenge as it is doing the physical work. The challenge at dinner was respecting the flavour of the food even though I did not have a glass of wine to enhance it all. I concentrated my attention on conversation and the simple enjoyment of being together to enjoy what turned out to be a fine meal.

As I write this I am noticing something else, something that has been apart of my whole day, and that is clarity of mind. I am now aware that I have a great deal more clarity of mind and that has allowed a greater amount of critical thinking such as the excerpt above. I sure hope that this continues as that would be at the top of my ‘hopes’ list for this challenge.

Well it is time for me to sign off. I am a single parent tonight as Ange has gone to the hospital to spend some time with her grandfather who recently suffered a stroke. Good night!

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