Good morning, sweet friends.
A quote shuffled into my life recently that I wanted to share with you.
“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.” -Shanti
There will always be more things demanding our attention than necessary. It’s easy to get caught up in the stress and excitement of it all; drowning in work but being intoxicated by the feeling of status. This week, I fell prey to that very sentiment. Haunted by recent grief and still trying to keep everything together, I put all of my energy towards finishing the work I believed was the source of my stress. That meant leaving less time for making good meals, sleeping, and doing the morning routine that keeps me from being sucked into the vortex that is my smartphone. I desperately wanted more time to finish the work that was literally impossible to finish punctually. Thankfully, however, when I’d become a wisp of a person after burning the candle at both ends, I didn’t turn to my more self-destructive habits that sometimes fall under the guise of self-care. Instead, I reached out to my loved ones. I put on a face mask. I showered. I cried.
Sweet friend, I’ve learned that Prioritization is a skill, yes, but it’s also a muscle. It needs to be trained. You can’t expect to go to the gym for one day and walk out with a six-pack; so it’s completely understandable that when you look at your life you may be tempted to view everything as a priority. There will be days where you use every breath you have to blow out a candle because you’re too exhausted to see the forest fire behind you. When that happens, that is your cue to stop. If you’re wise, you will spend most of your life saying no to things that don’t matter. (Even really good things.) It’s like the old saying, “those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind”. There are very few things in life that actually matter, and if you treat them well, they will stick with you like peanut butter on the roof of your mouth.
So, what does this have to do with the quote?
- Our time on this earth is incredibly limited. It is imperative that we use it to the best of our ability to create value for ourselves and the world.
- You can work all day without getting anything done.
- Make your passions driven by purpose. Some Personal Development folks like to call this developing a “why that makes you cry”. If you have a clear reason why you’re getting up in the morning, or why you’re going into work, or why you’re finishing that assignment even though your Netflix ‘Continue Watching’ list has been in the back of your mind all day, you will be so much more equipped with the tools you need when the noise of life tries to overpower the symphony inside of you.
I pray you end your day today (and every day) with your eyes sparkling.
You’ve got this.