There is a big difference between being in a rut and being in a groove.
When you are in a rut, it is usually not a place you intended to be and you find yourself feeling stuck and clamoring to get out of it.
When you are in a groove, it is usually a place you intended to be and you are glad to be there and making efforts to stay the course.
I have been stuck in a rut for the better part of the last half of last year, from eating bad and failure to exercise, to letting projects linger/build up and doing very little beyond meeting social obligations, going to work and keeping house.
As I said in a prior post, I have finally returned to the gym and although I’m only 3 days in (3 work outs in 3 days – yay me!) I already feel like I have moved from a rut to a groove. Going back to the gym has had a profound effect on my mental and emotional state and my productivity. Besides the psychological lift of feeling better about myself for going to the gym each day, I am also less angry at work (or what I affectionately refer to as “cubicle hell”), I am more active at home, I am completing projects and I feel more focused and productive in everything I do. I am eating way better, feeling way better and find myself pondering the year ahead with more optimism and less dread. Instead of feeling like I am continuing to trudge along with little progress on my life (a “rut”), I am seeing things in a more optimistic light and starting to like the direction my life is going, once again (a “groove”).
Things aren’t perfect. It’s going to take a long time to undo the damage I have done to my body, and I’m sure I will have moments of struggle. I also have a lot of projects to complete, still, and it’s going to be a tight year, financially, for us once again. But I am able to look back and see how far I’ve come and realize that maybe things aren’t quite as bad as they seemed when I was seeing everything through the haze of despair from my little rutted world.
Most importantly, I feel like I’m in control of the ship once again and I like the direction I’m headed.
Guess you could say, I’m feeling Groovy!