“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu
This quote keeps resurfacing in my mind as I witness the world facing so many seemingly overwhelming challenges, and especially when I am confronted by immediate obstacles to achieving harmony in my life and that of loved ones. When I’m tempted to try to “figure it all out” at once, I remind myself to keep it simple and ask, “What is the next step I need to take?” This query helps me stay in the present moment and focus on the task at hand instead of worrying about a future that isn’t yet here.
In this month’s feature article. “Life Lift: Being Happy from the Inside Out,” writer Judith Fertig points out that “The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside of your control” (page 16). A recovered “worrier” myself, I have learned that one definition of worry is “ingratitude in advance,” so that the antidote is to be grateful instead.
Today, for instance, I am grateful that summer is upon us with fresh and fabulous opportunities to make the most of living. Free public events range from Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park and Blues on the Green to sunset yoga on Lady Bird Lake and early morning/late evening swims at Austin’s Barton Springs Pool and other local swimming holes. For more info on these and more, see our monthly calendar on page 26 and beyond.
Given this month’s themes of Men’s Wellness and Inspired Living plus the advent of Father’s Day, I am naturally thinking of my father, now passed. How grateful I am for our time together and all the lessons he taught. His courage and entrepreneurial spirit have given me the impetus to take large leaps of faith, over and over again, including publishing this magazine. Thanks, Dad. It helps to remember that all progress starts with a single step.
Shelly Searle, Publisher