I love this picture. I found it several years ago, online. I think it was a plaque for sale on some site.
It was a tough few months at work and there were serious issues at home and I was beyond understanding any of it because I couldn’t focus on either. Sleepless nights ensued and a short temper was the gift my sweet hubs endured. My health started to decline. Not eating correctly, joint pain and my hair even started thinning.
It’s what happens, if you live long enough and you aren’t prepared.
If we live long enough, life will find a way to get complicated and it seems like it will do it in several ways at the same time. Being tired and stressed muddy’s the water, so to speak. It makes it hard to realize the real truth of the situation. Our personal well-being influences our understanding of the issues at hand and sometimes builds them tougher than they really are.
What I learned was to just keep moving and it will be understood later… or not. Either way, when we just accept what we cannot change, we can move forward faster and more peacefully. No time wasting… just positive movement to FORWARD.
Unless you can’t see which way is forward.
I have many ways of discovering where my Forward is… lots of contemplation and dreaming, writing in my journal, list making, reading, and daily conversation with the one that knows my personal future already.
Yep, a daily conversation with God helps me safely spill all my doubts, fears, gratefulness, appreciation, guilt, willingness, concerns and oh! so much more. A conversation has to be two ways. So after the talk, save time for the listening. He is open to you talking first, but He needs you to listen, too.
After that conversation, it’s time to do the work. The work may appear in the form of listening, reading, researching, trying something new, spending time with loved ones and helping others. It’s amazing what can happen when I’m washing dishes and enjoying the nature outside my window.
These are a few easy plans for finding your path Forward. Sometimes Forward is closer than you might think. Taking time to do the work and have the important conversation is a peaceful way to find where you may gravitate.
Start eating right. Add vitamins to your daily routine. Cut your hair short and pamper it awhile. Spend time feeling better, physically. Walking, play on the Wii, bowling, dancing with your love before dinner or after the children fall to sleep, swimming… anything that makes your heart happy.
Five minutes. For five minutes take a break between dishes and the run to town. List 5 things you’ve never taken time to do. Are you still interested in them? Aha! What did you learn?
Thirty minutes. Grab some picturesque magazines and some scissors. Quickly, choose all the pictures that appeal to you and remove them from the magazine. Some people glue them to boards, papers or even large envelopes. I just spread mine out on a table in order of their importance. Are they achievable… like buying it, or planning time for it? Add it to your budget plan! Learn the skill or find a way!
Life must continue during the search for Forward, so I find spending dedicated time spans each day will help. I like the morning. For my friend, it’s after the children go to sleep. I know a man that works full time and has a large family. His Forward search is on his solitary walk after dinner.
Keeping the trip Forward in perspective, knowing in your heart it will come in time, doing the work and being open to the direction is important.
Where will you find your Forward? In art, music, volunteering? Will you work with numbers, with people, with pets? What a world there is out there. Just remember to take it one step at a time.
Like the picture says, ‘Someday everything will make perfect sense’.
The trip is well worth the time and effort! Enjoy! After all, it’s about living better!