There is a gap between our wants and our actions.
For example, the gap between wanting to do better and actually doing better.
I believe that there is a always a gap but by putting in the effort little by little you’re able to bridge the gap. However, their is also the danger of falling into the gap by becoming inconsistent, uncommitted and making excuses. Essentially, your actions are no longer aligned with the things you say you want.
An example of this could be if your want is to become healthier but your action is eating chocolate cake for breakfast instead of something to provide nourishment to your body.
When you know what you want the focus should be on bridging the gap. Reflect on if the actions you’re taking are bringing you closer to where you want to be. Now this doesn’t mean never eating chocolate cake again but it probably means you shouldn’t be eating it everyday.
Ideas of things are always beautiful and wonderful because we can make them whatever we want them to be. Reality on the other hand is much more rigid and fixed.
It’s like the ideas are the smell of a cake and reality is the actual cake. You could smell chocolate cake and anticipate it to be the best you’ve ever had but when you cut a slice and take a bite, it’s absolutely awful.
And so, I think as much as it’s important to daydream, it’s very important to focus on the reality of things because things don’t always turn out the way you imagine they will. And just like with the cake, something that smells good or even looks good doesn’t always taste good.
Chocolate cake for breakfast is a great idea in the moment. It’s sweet, chocolatey and tastes great.
But if you’re working towards becoming someone that is healthier and eats more nourishing food then you might not want to make a habit of it.
It’d be like saying you want to stay dry then going outside in the rain.
But if that is not something you are working towards then it doesn’t really matter what you have for breakfast.
Why make something when you can just buy it?
Eggs, sugar, butter and flour are all you need to make a cake. Then maybe some vanilla essence, chocolate chips and a bit of frosting to make things a little more interesting.
It takes much more time to measure out and mix those ingredients than it does to pick a cake up from a bakery or supermarket.
But there’s something in taking the slower route.
There’s something in the process, the effort and the care of something made by hand.
It doesn’t compare to simply picking up something batch made in a factory with a bunch of ingredients that you’re likely to find in a daily mail article as being the cause of [insert disease here].
There’s something quite beautiful about being willing to take the slower route when making something because in doing that you’re saying I care enough to take the time.
And what’s even more special is when you share that thing you made with someone else.