February 29th, 2012
Have you ever felt like something isn’t quite right, yet there is nothing in particular that is wrong? Do you ever feel like you are in a hurry, yet you aren’t exactly sure where you are going? Do you ever feel tempted to rush or force the process of life in your eagerness to move things along? Have you ever found yourself distracted or worried about what lies ahead of you and forget about what lies within? Do you ever feel like you should be lighting the world on fire, yet you are missing your usual spark? Have you ever felt a bit disconnected from your “normal” self, and you can’t quite put your finger on why? Or maybe, you know exactly why you are feeling this way, but you are puzzled to know what you need to do to move forward and bounce back to the self you better identify with.
In our eagerness to reach the destinations that we have in mind, it can be easy to forget that life is indeed a process. Rather than being the final destination that we often think it is, life really is a series of stages, phases, and transitions. It is a journey, just as I have said so many times before. Yet, so often, we lose sight of the path that we are on, and we forget to appreciate our current surroundings. It is so easy to become distracted by stress or frustration, fear or uncertainty, eagerness or excitement. We get bogged down by what may lie ahead of us, worry about what we cannot control, and fail to accept and appreciate the place that we currently are in. We forget that simply moving forward is often enough.
Now and then, it serves us well to be reminded that we really do have time to figure out where we are going, and that we will get there in due time. That “even a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. And that taking one step, no matter how big or small, no matter the direction or where it leads, will always keep us moving. And movement, no matter the pace, is progress.
So today, I encourage you to enjoy your current position in life. Engage in a bit of mindfulness and consider where you are, how you got there, and what purpose it serves for you at this time. Let go of what is not working for you, accept and release what you cannot control, and have faith that as long as you continue to look inward and move onward, the pieces of life will continue to fall into place.
Ellie Otteson, MA, CPC
Life and Wellness Coach
Willmar, MN 56201
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