Are you in the same boat as I am?
Although I don’t walk around thinking I’m some brainiac, I do believe I am a smart, logical, reasonable woman who has learned to mostly trust her gut. So why is it that somewhere between 1) a deep-gut-knowing and 2) my head, do I often take a detour?
And sometimes that detour looks like a speedboat driving around in circles, doing donuts in the middle of the ocean! Anyone else?
Before we get dizzy, let’s steer this boat straight. See how many of these 10 true things you identify with:
- Ten times out of ten, when I just stop and breathe, life becomes instantly better, calmer, easier to process, think, love, be. You might be thinking, but I’m always breathing. Are you? Or do you sometimes hold your breath? Literally, do you stop mid-life, without even realizing it, and hold your breath? Sure you do. We all do. And when you start breathing again, notice from where you breathe: your chest. Chest breathing—yes, it keeps us alive—but it also sends a message to the brain that says fight or flight. Get ready to defend yourself or run! We chest breathe when we are anxious, fearful, angry, or frustrated. Steer straight: Inhale. Exhale. Slowly. Deeply from your belly.
- I’m never really mad at the person, I’m mad at the situation. But the person is right there, standing in front of me for me to see, or for me to hear over the phone, or for me to read their words in an email or a Facebook comment. I’m not really mad at them. I simply want to change them, their attitude, their actions. I don’t understand why they would think that, or say that, or believe that, or DO that. Steer straight: Theirs is not my journey.
- I cannot multi-task. When I’m doing more than one task, I’m just fooling myself. There’s no such thing. I’m simply unfocused. And if I’m really honest with myself, I do it in an attempt to distract myself or to feed my restless mind. Steer straight: Be clear on who and why I am.
- Eating Puffy Chee-tos and McDonald’s French Fries on a regular basis is not good for me. But they’re so yummy. And numbing. And finger-licking good. Steer straight: Be okay with the sporadic indulgence; don’t turn it into a bona fide habit.
- Three of my favorite spirit-feeding activities are: sipping tea, reading a book, and spending quality time with friends, but I typically only manage the sipping tea part on a consistent basis. Reading books and connecting with friends are time consuming activities. But, but, but—just one more email, just one more article to edit—but, but, but…. Steer straight: Love myself enough to feed my spirit.
- I need more sleep. But, but, but—just one more email, just one more article to edit—but, but, but…. Steer straight: Turn off the light. (Note: The time now is 1:54 AM)
- My body is perfect, JUST THE WAY IT IS. Period.
What happened to 8, 9, and 10? I got so riled up inside when I really took a moment to feel the Truth and gravity of number 7 (which deserves its own stand-alone post), I decided to stop writing. This post ends here. Plus. refer to #6.
I’d love it if YOU finished 8, 9, and 10. Or just finish 8, it doesn’t matter. Simply add your Truth. You will not only help me to steer my boat straight, you will help every other person who reads this post…starting with you.
What do you know is true, but can’t seem to remember?
If today’s message spoke to you, won’t you please share it on Facebook or forward to a friend? You never know, it might be just the thing someone in your circle of friends is meant to experience today. And don’t forget to leave a comment—steer your boat straight—add your Truth. Thank you!