The definition that fits our topic best, found online at Merriam-Webster.com
Thorn: something that causes distress or irritation - often used in the phrase thorn in one's side.
For our Journey, we need to remove, to confront, to address those areas that we can control, you know the ones that by definition cause distress and irritation, we'll even throw in the mix frustration. You know, those "pesky" areas that linger in our thoughts and travel alongside us until addressed or confronted. They will travel with us until we strategize a Plan to eliminate or modify what they are in our life.
THE THORN LIST:
This is an awful thorn, it takes up unnecessary space, it is filled or stacked with who knows what?! Even if it is stacked with clear storage containers, with our without labels, what in the world is really in them? Is this stuff that we really need to have around? Is it boxes filled with things that someone else could put to use? Is there ever an intention to use it ourselves? Boxes, Boxes, Boxes in our closets or in cubby spaces, filled with clothes? filled with important papers? Most of the time we don't what kind of clothes; are they to small, to tight, which translated means it will never be worn again. WHAT DAY CAN WE SCHEDULE THIS? Time to pull this Thorn. Donate it somewhere or put it to use, the point, Sort and Decide and at least label exactly what is in it? Now you don't have to guess what is in that storage or worst buy an item you already own.
Time continues to be spent, whether we are productive or not. Are we drifters, are we map travelers, are we focused? Do we have a vision? Do we have a Pursuit or a Plan?
Time to pull this Thorn and to know where we are right now and where we are planning to go. To decide, What do we need to implement and what do we need to let go of.
Time to pull this Thorn. No more procrastination, remember, even small steps are great, it is a start. Walking every day, around your neighborhood, local school or park track, indoor shopping mall walk, can make a huge difference physically and mentally. The Point, get that body moving and to do something, to do what you can do, based on your stamina and physical ability. NOTE: You should always consult with your doctor first, especially if physical activity has been minimal or none, they can suggest where to start based on your physical state.
I've provided a few thorns, a few areas, now it is your turn to evaluate your own Thorns, together lets start somewhere. Who needs New Year Resolutions, 10 steps to this or 12 steps for that, we just decide to Start Now. Tomorrow is a NEW DAY, A NEW BEGINNING, A NEW OPPORTUNITY, A NEW DAY TO START OVER, TO REVISE, the decisions we make today will determine our road ahead.
There are STEPS to anything that we want to accomplish but TO KNOW is not enough, we have to become DOERS, we have to TAKE ACTION, and even the smallest of steps can bring relief. We need the PLAN so that we know that our efforts are moving in the right direction based on the destination we have in sight. It brings REWARD when we set our goal to achieve certain things and when we track our activity, it ENCOURAGES us to continue to travel forward.