I was lying in bed this morning staring at the ceiling. My shoulder was bothering me from an injury I gave myself years ago and knew I should just get up for the day. But while I was lying there thinking, I was thinking about all the things I allow to jump into my life and hold me back. I’ve been waiting for years now for things to settle down so that I can tackle my dreams. What the heck am I waiting for? It’s like I expect at some point for life to be predictable. Well life isn’t predictable! It never will be and if you are always waiting for predictability in your life you will be waiting forever. Take the last 8 years of my life for example. Waiting for my kids to take naps, waiting for my kids to be potty trained, waiting for my husband to get that raise, waiting to buy our first home, waiting for yet another job opportunity, waiting the last four years for my husband’s back to feel better, waiting to buy our second home…waiting for what? Waiting til the day I die?
The reality of life is that you’ll always be waiting for something to happen. But if you stop living your life while you’re waiting for the unknown, or waiting for that sense of calm and collectiveness, it will never come and you’ll still be waiting.
Now in the past, I was notorious for taking on way to much and trying to do too much with too little time. I’m not saying I want to fall back into those bad habits. But what I want to do is stop waiting and start doing. This may seem to be in contrast to the last post I wrote about Stepping Up and Giving People Time to Heal. I’m not talking about taking on more than you can chew or compromising healing which takes time. I’m talking about a mental state that always keeps us from achieving what we’d like to achieve. The mental state that keeps us from moving forward when we say, “one day”, “one day when things are different”. Don’t live in the “one day” mindset, while you may still be in a holding pattern, baby steps toward that one day are necessary so that one day becomes any day now. Do you get what I mean?
“One day” is for dreamers, not doers. Don’t be a dreamer…be a doer!
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