I subscribe to a couple of different daily writing prompts, including Lisa Romeo‘s Daily prompts. Today’s prompt was “smaller portions”.
There are some obvious answers to the idea of smaller portions. I think the most obvious of all the obvious answers is those related to food. I can definitely do with some serious portion control. I think today has been an OK day as far as that goes, and today is something I can build on. The problem is while I can string a day or two together, I inevitably fall off the wagon. It truly is an issue of mindfulness.Tonight when I made my sandwich, I added a handful of chips to the plate. There was probably another small handful of chips left in the bag. I could have easily put those on my plate too because what is left in the bag isn’t nearly enough to make a serving for the next time I make a sandwich. But I didn’t need them tonight. So I left them in the bag. I’m not sure how that’s going to work the next time I want a sandwich, but that’s not my problem tonight.
Some less obvious answers to the idea of smaller portions include:
- Less time spent with my gadgets. Whether that be my computer or my phone. I need to be engaged with them less often and engaged with the life around me a little less often. It’s easy to get sucked into whatever is happening on the screen, which means that I miss all the things that are going on around me. People often feel secondary to the screens in my life. It’s become second nature to whip out my phone when I’m bored or when things get difficult. I can remove and separate myself, distract myself from the things that are uncomfortable. Soothing in the moment, yes, but they do me no good in the long-run and are actually harmful. It causes decay and deterioration in the relationships around me.
- Things to do. My to-do list never gets done because there are too many things on it. I need a to-do list, and the more detailed my lists the better I like them. The problem is that they get too incredibly long. There are too many things that don’t get done on a daily basis and that means that I begin to ignore the list in its entirety, which makes it useless to me. I need it to be useful, and I need it to be meaningful. I’ve got to figure out how to make it more manageable and workable for me.
- Alcohol. This one is hard for me to admit. It’s not that I think I have a problem with alcohol. I very rarely get drunk. I can’t tell you the last time I was falling down, passing out intoxicated. I CAN tell you the last time I was drunk enough to be thankful I was home. I can remember the last time I was sick because I drank too much. Those things happen so infrequently that they don’t concern me. The problem comes in the fact that most nights, when I get home, I like to have a cocktail. It’s not that I think there’s anything wrong with an evening cocktail after work. It’s that I don’t really know other people who do the same. My husband doesn’t, and I think that’s probably the thing that makes me feel like what I do every night isn’t appropriate. I very rarely have more than one cocktail, but I do like that one cocktail. And I think I probably shouldn’t.
When I think about smaller portions, those are the things that come to mind for me. What does “smaller portions” mean to you? In what ways are you looking to reduce the portions that life serves you?