I happened upon a new idea…..Nurturing Thursdays...as I browsed another blogger’s site…” On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea” at http://beccagivens.wordpress.com
So although today’s Friday and not Thursday, I’d like to offer some words which I hope will nurture…someone in need.
My own life is oft times crazy, trying to do this, that, and the other thing. Always running it seems…and I don’t mean around the track at the community center where I might find some time to recoup and re-energize…and drop a few pounds while I’m at it.
If you’re like me, you set yourself goals…short term and long term…and like items on a “to-do” list, you check each off as you accomplish them. It’s a rat race for sure, and usually of our own creation.
Women seem especially prone to setting ourselves up for failure when we can’t get it all done. It seems especially true of women in their 30s, 40s, and perhaps 50s. Those are the years when careers are evolving and children are born.
How to make it all work? That’s the $64,000 question…or more currently…the answer’s worth a billion dollars. Experts and amateurs alike have tried their hand at the jackpot. To my way of thinking…there’s no one-size-fit-all response.
I’ve finally found my way to the truth after six decades on this planet. Like other women, I’ve been looking under every pebble, stone, rock, and boulder for the answer. Know where I found the answer? My answer?
INSIDE MYSELF!!! That’s where I discovered how to make this crazy hamster’s wheel of a life work.
I listen to my own voice, not someone else’s. No one knows the path I’ve taken…to get to where I finally am.
I decide what my goals are…and when I need to achieve them…or not.
I set about working at something…or not.
I establish my own priorities…or not.
I choose my friends..or not.
I forgive my enemies…or defer it to another day…knowing I will forgive them in the end.
I take time to “smell the roses” and bask in the warmth of sunny days…whenever I need.
I make up my own mind…after listening to all sides.
I don’t argue…unless it’s meaningful…never doing so for the sake of…or just because.
I try not to judge others…for I’ve not been in their shoes.
I let my heart rule…not my head.
This is not to say I can’t ever get myself into a pretzel…twisted and discombobulated. But at least I can say it’s one I’ve cooked up all by myself. So that the next time I’ll know which ingredients worked…and which didn’t.
Breathing in and breathing out is what life’s all about. Perfecting the intake…and the release…of each breath, requires a lifetime of practice.
…i’m still practicing…and perfection is not my goal…neither is an immaculate house!