How is your day looking? Do you have a pretty mellow spring break day ahead of you, or did you wake up feeling like you were already 2 steps behind?
It’s important that we start our day right nutritionally, but it’s equally important to set our hearts to rest as we look forward each day. We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves for our families, careers and personal goals. Half of our stress is not knowing what we want and not knowing how to get it. It’s a little crazy that culturally we live with a communal attitude of “being satisfied = settling”. There is a big difference between living a life of mediocrity and being satisfied. It is possible to pursue clear goals and yet learn to be at peace in every situation. The problem is that we allow our souls to be cluttered with multiple desires and goals that compete with each other.
Take a few moments this morning to settle in and contemplate your priorities for THIS day. In THIS moment, what are the things that matter to you for today? Now look at your day – have you made room for those things? Are you sacrificing all your priorities on the vague idea that they will actualize ‘someday’ when you have more of what you don’t have today? That contradiction is what brings us stress. Enjoy a few moments of quiet this morning to play out in your mind a better scenario for your day. Stay quiet until your entire day is resolved. Do you have moments of your day that you know will include stressful interactions with other people? Include time for decompression and a ‘putting off’ of their energy afterward. (Remember that acceptance, grace and forgiveness are measured to us in the same way that we measure them outward. We need to both accept and offer them to be at peace).
You are making great progress. I’m proud of you.
Have a great day!