“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets into them.Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.” Quotes have always been like a lightbulb for me. They change how I feel, how I look at things, they sometimes speak for me when I can’t find the words. And today was no different; I came across what I needed to get back to being sober minded and balanced. This past week has been crazy for me, started on a new venture. Juggling a lot of different tasks, trying to give my best to each one and at one moment it all got too much.
I missed my goal of posting a blog this past week and as much as I tried I couldn’t focus enough to get a paragraph done.Started thinking of delaying or ending some of the projects I had started. I definitely had more bites than I could chew. But am glad that with each new day, it a chance to begin again. Either on a clean slate; put behind yesterday or use yesterday’s experience as a stepping stone to make today better.
As I look back, a few months back, there was just enough on my plate. But with each month that has come along the responsibilities have increased. There are days that I’ve felt like I really can’t do it all and there are days that I’ve wanted to challenge and prove to myself that I can do it. It feels great to accomplish something that you once believed you couldn’t do. It gives you confidence every time you think of starting something new.
But what’s most important as I’ve learnt is to remember what Albert Einstein said “The thinking that got us to where we are is not the thinking that will get us to where we want to be“. I realize I need to adjust my sail otherwise the same overwhelming feeling will be a frequent experience. It’s better to take your time, be more mindful and more effective than be fast. Even though you could get a lot of things done, there is a great chance of being caught in a whirlwind that may either mess up your mind or throw you off course.
You didn’t come this far to only come this far” Ziglar.com. Whenever we feel overwhelmed and on the verge of giving up. Let us remind ourselves that there is more to our journey than a single moment or a few moments. Success and failure are just events, they are lessons and part of the journey. They shouldn’t define our whole lives, they shouldn’t make us rethink our whole existence.
Sometimes the right path isn’t the easiest one. So, my strategy for the weeks ahead is to get back to the rituals; gratitude, quiet time, feeding my mind and surrounding myself with positivity. To cut down my goals into tiny bites, so a step at a time. Celebrate small victories and to always look within whenever I feel lost.
As Akiroq Brost says “I can’t control what happens on the outside but I can learn to control what happens on the inside. We can learn to control how we react, how we think about things, and ultimately how we feel about things. We can learn to set boundaries on how much we let what happens outside of us, affect us. You can be emotionally vested in your life, while not allowing yourself to fall apart when things are difficult by deciding what you let past your barriers.
It is not to say you will never have suffering, or that you should deny all suffering. Rather decide how much, and how long you will allow your own suffering. It’s about reclaiming your power through personal responsibility. Accepting the responsibility, you have to yourself. To look after yourself, to advocate for yourself, to seek the highest quality of life possible by controlling your state of mind to at least some degree. It’s to be mindful of who you are and what you’re doing and the effect of that on you.”
Cheers to the great weeks ahead
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