True confession: I roll through STOP signs A LOT. It’s a problem. I’ve been pulled over for it quite a bit. I tell you this not so that you question my driving skills…though fair enough… but instead to convey a metaphor for how I have been living my life up until maybe this exact moment. I push through things, never coming to a complete stop, never taking a breath. Onto the next thing.
I took a phenomenal yoga class last night that ended in a 30 minute meditation. In that, the instructor read a passage on being in the present moment. And it hit me. The irony of all of this. My coaching company (which was once just a blog) is called Journey To Present. I feel as though that title chose me, rather than me choosing it. When I was putting together a blog a few years ago, that name just hit me. I didn’t debate other names or even talk to my friends about it. I just named it in the moment and never looked back.
I do strive to be present. I know that when I spend time meditating, exercising, painting, or wrestling and laughing with my boys, that is what brings me joy. Being present, slowing down. Coming to a complete stop. But here’s the ironic part: I have spent pretty much all my downtime lately building this coaching business. It is a passion and a love. Which is amazing! Except, that I have been trying so hard to put all my free time into building this, that in it, I think I have forgotten to slow down.
This is a blessing and a curse. I’m super driven, anxious by nature, and have to work to even take a breath sometimes. This is especially true when I’m working on something I am really engaged in, such as this. I have lots of amazing grounding techniques, meditations, and can move most people through any stuck state. Though sometimes I forget to use this things on myself.
So I suppose my point in all of this, is that I too, am imperfect. I am on this journey too. Sometimes I need someone to tell me to slow down (I just prefer when it doesn’t involve a speeding ticket). So today, this is a challenge to you and me both. Let’s take a deep breath. Let’s spend the extra time reading to our kids. Let’s smell the air, throw the ball to the dog, take the 5 minutes before bed to write in our gratitude journal for the day.
It will all get done. It always does. Let’s stop living with such urgency and start living with intent. Let’s start enjoying the little things, the moments, because we only get so many. We have a choice to live our life on high speed or to slow down and enjoy the scenery. For some of us, we just need to make this choice again and again…and again. That is how new habits form after all. Tonight, I will make time to meditate and time to read. Tomorrow morning (when everyone else is actually awake) I will make time to play with my kids and time to connect with my husband. What will you do? How can you be more present today and every day?
As always, if you would like some one on one coaching around something related to this or moving through barriers that have kept you stuck, I’d love to talk more with you. Please see my contact page for information on setting up a free 30 minute consultation call with me.