They say when you are feeling overwhelmed and stuck in “planning” mode and spinning your wheels….just do SOMEthing- anything to get going. I, the perpetual “planner” decided to try out this concept and well, it seems to be working for me (sort of).
In the past 4 months I have:
-Finally taken steps toward a passion I’ve had for a log time- to get involved with Girls on the Run- if you don’t know them, you should check it out: http://www.girlsontherun.org/
-Joined a running group when I knew NO ONE (a very uncomfortable thing for me in the past).
-Made some huge decisions about work and my future that have released mountains of weight from my shoulders.
-Decided to concentrate this year on doing everthing w/ more “intention” (my New Years “word” in leiu of a “resolution”)
-started training for a marathon
-started writing a book
-decided I CAN make enough money to live by doing something I love (still working on the details of that one 🙂 )
-begun to concentrate less on “fixing” people (my patients, myself, family, friends, others) and more on dealing with the present
-read at least one magazine or book a week
-faced some subjects/facts I’ve been hiding from for a while
-learned- and really put into practice- saying “NO” and not feeling guilty about that
-asked for forgiveness more often
-concentrated holding my tongue (or pen, or typing fingers) when I want to fire off a response
-started to conciously eliminate and simplify my life- literally and figuratively
-concentrated on intentional gratefulness
-“messed” up with myself and others, more times than I can count
In the process, I have:
– met some AMAZING people
– learned some very interesting things about myself
– come to peace (of sorts) with the “not-knowing” at times (ok, still working on this one, but there are minutes of peace)
– learned to live with and not focus entirely on some unclear medical issues
– been encouarged in the most unique ways
– seen some really cool places/things
– learned some very interesting things about others, and what is most motivating to them
– learned that I really really am in control of one thing only- how I will respond to a situation (See: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl)
– learned that you really can’t feel gratefulness/thankfulness and resentment/uncontent at the same time b/c one of them will win out
– learned what I am most passionate about- what makes me feel most like I am doing what I was created to do: encouraging others, running, encouraging others to run, sharing/educating/helping others understand and/or deal with (pediatric topics, medical topics, exercise-related topics, personal growth topics)
By no means am I am expert in any of these things, nor am I always perfect, happy, rational, kind, consistent, content, grateful or encouarging. But I am trying. And I am quite certain I am on the track to a stronger life. I am most days excited to wake up and think about the things I get to do that day that will put me further along the path to a simpler, more meaningful life and for the opportunities I have that day to interact with others on this journey.
So- reading back over this, I feel a little like Jerry Maguire in that I might fire this off and immediately regret it, b/c it’s a little to personal, too out there, too informative…but really I decided to Just Do It. To get blogging again, to connect with anyone out there who may have thoughts or experience to share, or maybe to encourage someone else. Just Do It.
I’d love to hear your thoughts- how have you taken steps to “Just Do It” in your life? What is “it”? How have you followed passions,maybe even with an unclear road ahead? Where has that led you??
Dreaming Dawn (that’s my Girls on the Run name- thought it was sort of appropriate here 🙂