Thursday, November 18, 2010
The Spirals of Life
Well, the return of winter to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has arrived! I was wondering how long it would take as our autumn seemed to have lasted an exceptionally long time this year. I think that it is good that it did last that long, though, because we did not have much of a summer for weather. It was rainy and cold for most of it. The autumn actually brought us a few days of nice weather and then stayed nice for a long time. Nice, in Saskatchewan, means that it was about 7-9 degrees C. Normally once October hits we are battered with snow storms. We have actually just begun having any measurable amount of snow overnight and through today.
Having clients come and go, I have to keep on top of the shovelling. So I have already shovelled three times. Yes, my body is feeling it, but it feels good to also get out into the fresh air and have a bit of physical activity. I have been making all sorts of adjustments in my life that include things like more physical activity.
I find it amazing how we can extend ourselves beyond the breaking point at times and not even realize it until suddenly enough is enough. I have withdrawn from two programs that I was involved in because they both were taking up way too much time and energy on my part and were compensating me with very little. I was involved in them because I thought that it was an excellent way to look after the community and also have ripple effects to the world at large and, who knows, maybe beyond. But neither one were serving to feed me on a soul level. Initially, yes they were. But then the responsibilities gradually became obligations and burdens. So I asked myself, "Self," I said, "If this were one of your clients what would you be suggesting they do?" and my self replied with, "Well, I would be suggesting that they simplify their lives." So simplify I did and released myself from the programs. Voila! I could feel such a weight lift off of me it was amazing. Thus I know I made the right decision.
So my invitation to anyone who is feeling burdened with obligations is this....what can you do that will simplify your life? No one else can do this for you. Only you can do it. The more simplicity we have, the happier we become. As we allow ourselves to flow with the spirals of life we release our needs to hang on to whatever is no longer appropriate in our lives.