My week didn’t go AT ALL as expected – or planned.
Life Happens as they are saying. I needed to drop every thing on my plate, which was A LOT, but as an alternative of freaking out I simply modified directions and went with the move.
The “letting go” had a profound effect on my stress levels and general mindset – as did the events as they unfolded over the course of the subsequent few days.
I discussed last week I took my stepmother in for surgery in this video food diary. I used to be feeling “food stressed” in that video, and you’ll be able to in all probability SEE on my face how burdened and anxious I’ve been these days.
It’s principally overwhelm – with work, the home, personal stuff, upcoming journeys – principally work, just normal life stuff all of us manage with all the totally different hats we wear on any given day.
Monday started out normal: me feeling anxious and careworn (lol) with a huge listing of issues to get achieved this week sitting in front of me, and me digging in to deal with it head on.
I had been checking in on my stepmother’s recovery over the weekend, and I was concerned about how that was going. I had a gut feeling I ought to go over there, but she had a pal staying together with her to assist out. When she referred to as me on Monday though, I *knew* I needed to drop every little thing and GO.
She takes care of my father who has Parkinson’s and dementia, which is pretty much across the clock care, and not straightforward work. I can inform you now after staying there a couple of days, she does it with a lot love and grace, which is just lovely.
I canceled every part on my schedule, threw collectively a quick “go bag” (including some low carb meals, bars and snacks) left my mile lengthy to-do listing sitting on my desk, and walked out the door – with Slim too in fact, my nice dane.
That record waited right there for me, identical to I expected it will. 😉
My father is doing great by the best way…
I acquired to provide him a bath, give him a foot and hand massage, put him on a video call with my sister – and see him snicker so arduous he cried. 💕
Terri is doing nicely now too, taking it straightforward and ready for her subsequent surgery, which we also obtained scheduled whereas I used to be there.
This is the update I shared as soon as I received residence and rested:
The final 72 hours have been a humbling lesson in gratitude and priorities (and love) and have me critically rethinking issues.
All the things I rush to get finished, get anxious about, stress over, push myself to start or end, the things I give my time & attention to (priorities), what I fear about, and so on…
All made insignificant immediately, simply dropped, not that huge of a deal.
Completely altering how you spend your days (your hours, your time, your LIFE) could be very enlightening.
It gave me opportunity to ponder my objectives vs my priorities, and why I wasn’t making those objectives a precedence, and how I’ve been spending my days as an alternative.
Goals are only a glorified wish listing. Priorities are the belongings you truly DO – massive distinction. 🎯
Having to let things go for a pair days made me understand some things I give a excessive importance in my typical day by day routine (attaching self imposed stress & strain), aren’t all that necessary at all – and aren’t even on my record of objectives or priorities.
It also gave me a recent perspective on what’s really necessary. ✔
This is what I call a “pattern interruption” – the place you escape of the dailies, the belongings you do out of habit, virtually on autopilot.
You can do this in a single day even, deliberately.
I typically have this similar enlightenment and sense of calm, peace and gratitude once I drop every thing and go spend a day in the woods mountaineering.
Stepping out of the norms, the every day flurry of ideas & actions (and traditional considerations & stress), is a good way to seek out readability – and calm.
I feel ready to deal with the world once more (my world)… in an entire new means.
My largest realization was that I’m making an attempt to do solely an excessive amount of directly, and perhaps not even the appropriate things (or the issues that MATTER most).
I found myself drawn to SIMPLIFY – my work, my house, my whole life.
I felt a DEEP sense of gratitude, for therefore many little things – all those little particulars you’re taking without any consideration when you’re distracted by your busy life…
Take a while to STOP and step out of your routine, to take a look at it from the surface.
Seriously – take a time without work from your normal routine and all the belongings you HAVE to do, or simply half a time without work perhaps, and do NOTHING. Or do something completely totally different.
The sky gained’t fall, I promise. 😉
Ask yourself: how can I be MORE joyful, LESS careworn, extra productive, more fulfilled… and ENJOY my every day life more?
Tip: the easiest way to try this is to NOT assume too exhausting about it, however to simply STOP and simply BE (outdoors your regular area and busy-ness), and let the solutions come to you.
Because they’re already within you.
Then use these solutions to realign your time and your priorities… 💕
p.s. Spending that point with family was priceless. Seeing my father snigger so exhausting is etched in my mind and keeps making me smile. 🙂
Apologies if this seems a bit of scattered, I’m still processing all of it and understanding a new stream here, however needed to share my thoughts with you whereas they’re recent on my mind. ❤️ *cheers*