It's that classic kid's question on long trips - Are we there yet? The answer is usually, "not even close". The same seems to be true in the journey of life. This blog has looked at many areas of my life - decluttering, Overeater's Anonymous, consumerism, health, creation care, cleaning, ministry, cooking, and poverty. I have made positive changes in so many ways, but some days I sit in my messy, crowded house after looking at the scale that says I gained a couple pounds, and decide to eat a sugary, chemical-laden snack off a paper plate and wonder if I have accomplished anything.
I know I'm not alone in this. My daughter asked me one day when I would be done organizing the house. It was funny at the time. I told her this was an ongoing project that might never end, but things would gradually get better and better. A week or so later I could hardly walk through the living room. Ugh.
I try to embrace the OA concept of "progress not perfection". Every step forward is a blessing and a victory. I'm not perfect, but I eat more vegetables than I used to. I use less disposable items and recycle when I can. I buy more things used, and less things overall. I am a work in progress.