It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. – K.T. Jong
Whenever we are feeling tired and overwhelmed but lacking in satisfaction for accomplishing goals that bring us a sense of contentment, comfort, happiness, health or peace, it’s time to re-evaluate.
Sometimes I look around and everyone is in such a rush. Life has gotten busier. More to do at home, at work, at your child’s school, after school, with sports, with exercise, with friends, with family. And I really believe these are all wonderful things that enrich our lives. These are the moments that fill our life with wonderful memories and relationships that provide such a “wow” feeling, it makes us feel like it’s all worth it. Until we begin to feel overwhelmed. And I hope this realization sets in before total frustration arrives. Because it can.
So, perhaps let’s ask ourselves each and every day, “What kind of day do I want to create today?” It is another opportunity to accomplish that which is most important to us. On that list make sure one of the priorities that is just for us made the top three. Just one little thing for us that will move us a little closer to a goal, something good for our health, something good for our soul. Let’s create a little balance between doing for others and doing for ourselves because we are no good to anyone if we hit burn-out. Mostly we injure ourselves.
Creating space for balance:
- Practice mindfulness as much as possible even for the smallest of tasks such as washing dishes, driving your car, or walking. All day long!
- Take 5 minutes to meditate to clear any residual mental, physical or emotional frustrations. Try doing this before getting out of bed or before you fall asleep or waiting in the car pick up line.
- Make your list of things to do then cut them in half. Strike through all of the “would be nice”, “I should help with that”, “I really need to see so and so”, and “I don’t want to upset them by saying ‘no'”.
- Next time you’re asked to assist, meet, join or take on a project or committee, smile and say, “Let me get back to you.” Then consider the impact to your daily life.
These ideas provide a sense of calm and a sense of empowerment. We run our day, let’s not let our day run us! We cannot get around the “must dos”; however, we can determine between needs and wants by asking “What is the worst thing that will happen if I don’t do this?” and listen with our body for comfort or discomfort. We do know the answers to those questions we just need the confidence to reply with what’s best for us and all those concerned.
Keep it simple,