“One Step At a Time – Anything Else is Just Too Tricky!”

Have you ever had moments when your “to-do” list has spilled onto the second or third page and nothing, or maybe very little, has been crossed off? Have you wondered how you are going to reduce that washing pile, tidy the house, answer all your emails, finish the projects you are working on, and in some cases, actually start one?

I am sure we all can relate to the anxiousness and overwhelm we feel when we are faced with so much to do and seemingly no time, or energy, to do it. So what do you do when feeling overwhelmed and under-prepared for what life has presented you with?

Do you head for the fridge looking for the sweetest thing you can find to eat? Or maybe head for bed and dive under the bed clothes and trust that the work angel will do everything for you while you rest in comfort? Do you turn on the TV and disappear into your favourite programme, or do you go for a run, pounding the pavement until your body screams – “STOP!”?

We seem to have so many ways of numbing ourselves when life seemingly gets too hard, and instead of stopping, re-connecting to ourselves and asking what is one simple thing I can do right now, we simply choose to close our eyes, figuratively and literally, and hope whatever we believe we can’t deal with will just go away.

For many years I have had a picture on my fridge of a little child on the beach, wearing nothing but a hat. It shows the child looking at the sea ahead but in the way is a load of driftwood creating a definite challenge to getting to where he/she wants to go. The quote at the top of the picture says: “One step at a time – anything else is just too tricky!”

I have looked at this often over the years and sometimes it has helped bring me back from that place of anxiousness and overwhelm, but other times I have simply ignored it. But I have never felt to take it off the fridge and it has outlasted many other pictures and magnets.

However, as last summer arrived, the very simple message that image has been giving me for many years became more than just a message, but something that, by my actions, has now become a living truth. I was diagnosed with a respiratory infection just before the end of my working year.

I knew that I was tired after a very full on year and I knew that I needed to stop, but was ‘hoping’ I would make it until my holiday began: but no, my body decided that enough was enough and stopped me in my tracks, and proceeded to order me into bed. There I stayed watching summer unfold through the window and listening to everyone else having fun in the pool.

A couple of weeks later, after having made the choice to listen more intently to my body, I slowly began to feel better and knew that I needed to get up and get moving. Some exercise was being called for and gentle walking felt like what my body needed, but where I live doesn’t make that easy.

The challenge is that we live in the country on a busy road with no footpaths, and walking along the road is decidedly dangerous. But the call to walk in the sunshine was strong so on went the gumboots and into the paddocks I went – firstly just for a few minutes simply communing with my resident lawnmowers, my sheep and my alpacas, and sitting in the sun.

I made a commitment to do this each day and, after a few days, I felt an impulse to add an extra ingredient to my exercise.

A few months previously we had had a large tree chopped down and most of the wood had been collected and moved to the wood shed, but there was a pile that for some reason had been left. So on this particular day I picked up a piece of the wood, making sure that it wasn’t too heavy, and very slowly – and I do mean slowly – walked with it over to the fence and dropped it into the next paddock.

The plan was to eventually move it to a place where my grandchildren could later transport it to the wood shed. So each day, sometimes twice a day, I would walk for 5-10 minutes around the paddock, pick up a piece of wood and repeat the action, always being aware of its weight, how I was carrying it and how I was walking.

My body was asking for total conscious presence and that is what it got. As the days passed I began to feel my level of fitness increase, the pile on one side of the fence was decreasing and the one on the other was growing, until one day there was no more wood to move.

I remember going back into the house this day and looking out my window at the pile of wood I had moved and being utterly surprised at how big it was. I realised that I had actually moved it all, with no stress, no strain and that it had actually been enjoyable and, best of all, I was now feeling much more alive.

I walked from the window to the kitchen and stopped to look at the picture on my fridge and smiled at the lesson that I had just learned. “One step at a time – anything else is just too tricky!” And at that moment my own words came to me: “With commitment and consistency, and with one loving step at a time, we can move mountains” – and in my case, a wood pile!

I have so much appreciation for Serge Benhayon and the other marvellous students of Universal Medicine who inspire me daily to take more care of my body and to love me like never before, and as a result I have seen and experienced the magic that can unfold when one commits to life and brings consistency to that commitment. Now it’s on to the next ‘wood pile’, one step at a time!

By Ingrid Ward, West Auckland, New Zealand    

Further Reading:
What’s All The Fuss About Self-Care?
I Found Observing My Body Is A Great Support
Mowing The Lawn – With Tenderness

970 thoughts on ““One Step At a Time – Anything Else is Just Too Tricky!”

  1. I love this reminder as it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the ‘to do’s’ in life but I always come back to keeping it really simple and also not putting things off – just one step at a time regardless of the perceived difficulty.

  2. We do seem to make mountains out of molehills and go into overwhelm – what this blog shows us is that with conscious presence the body responds and heals itself, and what we thought was too much for us suddenly becomes easy.

  3. All our ill patterns make our body later ill.
    This is a revelation which is Great news as iT shows us also how we Can get a healthy body again or at least stop the ill behavior And embrace the effect iT had on the body.

  4. When we focus on taking everything one step at a time it is in that consistent steadiness that we can complete all our responsibilities.

  5. I always love rereading this blog – I think too often in life we can want to get somewhere immediately without doing the hard work every day – and it’s a great reminder that with commitment and dedication slowly and steadily great change is possible.

    1. And I too love re-reading it Meg. It is always my go-to if I have allowed complication back into my life. I was reminded of it the other day when starting a new job and the first thing my employer said was that we would take it – one step at a time. Of course that had me smiling in agreement and appreciation.

  6. Building conscious presence each moment in our lives opens up a whole other guidance system for what needs to be done next as our inner hearts and bodies can feel everything.

  7. Very good sharing of what is such an obvious way to live. Simplicity and consistency are what is required.

  8. This is one big stop moment for you Annelise, one you probably would have preferred to have done without but one that is offering you the space to observe how you live and how you work. I get a sense that you will be willingly taking the lessons learned into your life, one step at a time of course.

  9. Interesting to read this today as I have been stopped in my tracks at the moment sitting here with a broken wrist already for some weeks in plaster. There is such a learning in a period like this and it is indeed one loving step at the time and build a more loving relationship with myself. This week I did some admin jobs at my work and what i noticed was that when it comes to work I put a lot of pressure on myself, l observed myself as I left the loving space I was in (my body) having the idea that I had to do a certain amount of work before I could go, no one was expecting anything of me, just by going into old steps, the movement was there. The next phase in my healing process to let go of these expectations and take it back to one step at the time.

  10. When I forget to take one step at a time, I can get ahead of myself which leads to complication, staying present and focused on what needs to be done in the moment creates simplicity and ease.

  11. Thank you Ingrid, I enjoyed reading this again. It’s a wonderful example of how much we can do when we approach a task lovingly and by placing the care of ourselves and our body first. And a great quote from you “With commitment and consistency, and with one loving step at a time, we can move mountains”. So often motivational talks are just about achieving, but what’s missing is the self love. We can achieve many things but if we are not living connected to our love within we will always feel empty, which may even prompt us to try to achieve even more, and often at the expense of our body and wellbeing.

    1. Melinda, I can so relate to the emptiness of achievement that comes without love. And to do things without love simply means that we have undertaken them in separation to ourselves, with no conscious presence whatsoever. Reading my blog again today I can really feel that each step that I took was taken in full connection to me and that was the loving ingredient that made it such a healing process on many levels.

  12. “One step at a time – anything else is just too tricky!” these words are so tender loving and honouring Ingrid, thank you for sharing your experience of these words and the strength and consistence of your commitment.

  13. Today I have come back to appreciating each little step by focusing on the basics like keeping warm, drinking enough water and getting the rest I need.

  14. I have been inspired to learn a similar truth by watching Wood ants as they work together collecting one fallen pine needle after another to build a large nest mound, which to an ant must feel as enormous as a pyramid.

    1. Thank you Mary, ants are very inspiring, what they achieve by working together is amazing and they never let their size or what’s in front of them prevent their activities.

    2. I love stopping and observing ants at work. They certainly are inspirational as they work together in seeming harmony, taking ‘one step at a time’ as they move their own ‘mountains’. They, as well as so many other parts of nature are some of our greatest teachers.

    3. I hadn’t thought about that but it is true, they are a very good reminder of tenacity, commitment and brotherhood. If we open our eyes there is inspiration everywhere.

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