Daily Grind

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“Look at your daily habits and ask yourself if they are causing you to evolve or revolve.  Are you moving forward, or just moving in circles?”  This is such an important distinction.  I’ve spoken a lot about the difference between activity and productivity and I’ve had to reevaluate that recently.  I found myself repeating most days recently and it didn’t feel the greatest.  I was on autopilot trying to get through each day and I saw how dangerous that can be.  It felt stifling and heavy and everything felt like an obligation. 

There are times for everything, and I was quite literally trying to survive for a while there.  I had no choice but to do what I needed to in order to get through the day.  I am grateful I did get through it and I am grateful that I can redirect and shift my habits toward something more productive for myself.  I am choosing to do something differently.  Taking care of my health means addressing everything from my physical health to my mental health as well as my spiritual health.  I’m able to get back in the habit of pulling cards in the morning to center myself.  I’m also able to do some light stretching in the morning to move my body a bit again.  It sets me up for the day.

Beyond that, I’m looking at how I’ve been approaching the rest of my day.  I’ve been making more time for the things I want to do like my writing and spending time with my son.  And I’ve been making the effort to be more present when I’m doing something.  There are moments I struggle with paying attention and with doing one thing at a time so slowing down helps me stay focused and in the moment. 

Sometimes there are wrenches thrown at us that we don’t anticipate—we don’t even see them coming.  But those wrenches have the ability to show us exactly what we need to do.  It doesn’t always take a crisis to show us what we need to do.  Even if you’re just stuck in a rut, that can show us what we need to do.  Sometimes when things don’t feel right they can lead us toward what does.  Every day is a new start and if you’re not sure where to begin, look at the good you can do.  We always have a chance to do something good for others and for ourselves—and to do something good for ourselves by helping others.  We start by look at our habits.      

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