Never get so busy you forget to make a life for yourself and your loved ones.
Life is busy, isn't it?
When I was raising my kids and working full time running my own business, life was a zoo. I belonged to several business and women's groups, networking associations, community organizations, and my church. I was never one to sit on my hands when these groups needed volunteers. In fact, I often ended up being president. I'm one of those people who didn't know how to say, "No."
I thought that's what I was supposed to be doing.
Then life made me slow down.
Rudely. Painfully. It took a serious health issue to force me to look at my behavior. I had a heart attack. I thought I was going to die.
I realized that while I was running from one meeting or activity to another—usually late—my life was slipping by me. I was doing a lot of things that didn't really need doing, and I had no time for myself. I'd run all day, doing for everyone else, and then fall exhausted into bed only to get up the next day and do it all over again.
My heart attack was a wake-up call. I took it seriously, and concentrated on healing myself.
How important is it?
I began to do things differently. I now ask myself, "How important is it?" that I do this? Do I really need to clean the house from top to bottom? Do I love the community group enough to volunteer X number of hours a week to do that task? Do I really want to go to that networking event? If I'm not feeling it, I don't do it.
My top priorities now are enjoying the life I live, creating a positive life that involves family and friends, and telling people I care about them.
This year my spiritual discipline is to write positive affirmations for people I know and appreciate. I mail them a brief note telling them how much I appreciate them and why. It makes me feel good, and I know they enjoy getting the notes even if they do not respond.
Their response is not necessary for me to enjoy doing it. I may keep doing this forever.
Never get so busy
I must admit that the 2020 Pandemic has helped to solidify these choices. Has it helped you refocus your life? What can you do to make sure you are living your best life, taking care of yourself, and making a life for yourself and your loved ones?
Are you doing it?
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Disclaimer: The author is not a health professional or nutritionist. She is offering her research and personal reflections about her health journey and is not providing any type of medical or nutritional advice. This post is for informational purposes only. It is offered as a tool for people to discover their own suspected food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. Readers are highly encouraged to read, write, and reflect on the ideas presented. Consult your healthcare professional before initiating any dietary, exercise or mental health program.
This post was originally published on Recipe Idea Shop March 23, 2021.