I haven’t posted on this blog since January; not because I haven’t wanted to, but because I have been completely consumed with work, event planning, getting dogs out of bad situations and into good homes, school, and the list goes on.
Writing brings release, music calms my soul, family grounds me with comfort, and learning experiences with new friends spark innovative thinking. Lately, these are all things that I have not made time for, which has created somewhat of a void. In the mass chaos of daily goings on, time blurs together and leaving out the important “stuff” is what creates exhaustion. It can be a never ending cycle should one choose to let it. By the way…choose is the most important word in that sentence.
I hosted a rather large event this weekend that has had me running around like a beheaded praying mantis whose inhibitory neurons are no longer present to tell the body to stop flailing about. Adding to an already complicated schedule makes for difficult concentration and follow- through, (no matter how much of a multitasking master one may be, (or think they are)). Carrying the amazing encounters I had this weekend from new people that I have met and those that are already an important part of my life, I catapulted to a halt to reflect on what experiences I am taking away with me. One experience being the need to stop and thank those that enable me to thrive as the person that I am.
Gratitude is such an important factor in relationships. As obvious as it may seem, people do not know that you are grateful for something unless you tell them. Some individuals, (cough cough…like myself) are not always the best at showing gratitude, though are extremely grateful for the relationships and benefits of those relationships that form. I am working on taking the time to thank everyone that helped make the event from the weekend such a success. Even if it had not been a success, those who took their time to show support and aid in a cause are more than deserving of being thanked for their efforts.
In the effort to continue making time for the important “stuff”, I am determined to engage in those activities more regularly; to make them a part of my daily routine, starting today.
An extra belly rub for each of the dogs, an extra 20 minutes of the game pile snuggling and tickling with the boys in the morning, a moment to thank those that truly deserve to know they are important, and another moment to center; all the makings of a great new start to the week.
If you take anything away from this entry, take with you the importance of finding your center, (more than occasionally). What brings you release, what calms your soul, what grounds you comfortably, what sparks your innovative thinking? Find those things and hold on to them. Make them more a part of your daily chaos and perhaps your daily chaos will turn into a more organized, effective, and fulfilling routine.