What do you do when life isn’t going quite like you wanted it to do? Take one step forward. That’s it. That’s all you have to do. Just take that one step forward to begin to move yourself in the direction that you want to go.
Over the last month or so, I’ve felt like someone else is directing my life. I have this image (I admit it’s probably not quite realistic) of what I want to do. The problem is that I’m multi-passionate & I like to do many different things. So, what happens is that I start down one path & then remember something else that I want to do & add it back into my life. Pretty soon, I’ve overbooked myself, again. I’ve forgotten to give myself time to rest & restore & I feel a bit like someone else is directing my life all over again.
Well, that someone else is me. That’s hard to accept most of the time. I’ve done this to myself. What was I thinking? Or, why didn’t I think this through?
So many interests. So many goals. So many things that I want to cram into a 24 hour day. And then, just for fun add in something like ants all over my son’s room & I now need to clean it out. This is when I can begin to feel a bit overwhelmed at getting it all done.
But, really this is just life. Things happen that weren’t in the plan. I can still move forward. I simply need to adjust my plan.
When all of this is going on, its the perfect time to remind myself that I may not get everything done that I want to get done. However, if I just take a step forward, then I will move closer towards my goals. The real question here is what do I really need to do in order to move myself that one step closer to one of my goals.
In this instance, it was to take 15 minutes in my son’s room to figure out what was attracting the ants. Take an hour to work on a project that is important to me. Then take 30 minutes to exercise so that I’m taking care of myself.
One step forward at a time. That’s all that I have to do in life to move forward towards my goals. It’s more simple than I let myself believe sometimes. I don’t have to figure the rest of my life out tonight. I don’t have to read all of the things or create all of the things right now. There is time for it all. I simply need to give myself the space to get to where I want to go.
Taking away the urgency to finish everything right now, let’s me breathe a bit deeper. I’m less stressed and I can take care of me. I can check in with my own body to see if some of these things really are that important. I’m sure I’ll find that some of them I can probably let go & not do. That will make life even simpler. It’s a matter of prioritizing what I even want to move towards.
When I give myself the time to stop, breathe and feel, I give myself the chance to notice what’s happening, choose my next step & then decide how I’m going to take that step. So, that’s what I’ve been doing the last few days. Observing the overwhelm in my life, prioritizing and taking action. I’m not going to get out of this with one meditation session, but if I give myself the time to stop and listen inward, then I can at least begin to see my path again.
One step forward on my path is all I need to do. What one step do you need to take in order to move on your path?
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