is the Inspirational word of the week.
Process (noun) a series of progressive and independent steps by which an end is obtained. (verb) to treat, prepare or handle something.
Thanks to Dictionary.com
My lady-friends had a “come to Jesus” meeting with me last weekend. We all came together at our one friend’s house for snacks and fun, but also to get me to realize I have been taking on too much. And although they didn’t come right out and say it, I’ve been doing so much, that I’ve lost some of my sweet softness. My tenderness and generosity have been overwhelmed by my many responsiblities. Now, I realize I’ve done this to myself and humbly admit that yes, I absolutely need to lighten my load. It’s embarassing to admit that it took 10 of my girlfriends to sit me down and point out the fact that I’ve been pushing myself too far. But that’s how it works sometimes. In the push to get everything done, I’ve trampled feelings (sorry) and overlooked emotions (sorry again) whereas, when I’m taking my time, I’m more thoughtful, kind and gracious. The real essence of me has taken a hit lately, and it’s time for me to step back, re-evaluate what truly needs to be done and what would be best to let go of.
Doing that takes time and intention. It’s a process. Life itself is a process.
Think about the word. Process. The first thing that comes to my mind is processed food. Remember that pink slime mystery meat garbage they were trying to pass off through school lunch programs and McDonald’s food? What started out as something wholesome and nutritious became disgusting and useless because it had been over-processed. Now, I’m not saying that I am the pink slime. But if I don’t ease up and let go of doing so much, I could end up unrecognizable and useless, just like the mystery meat. Tragic.
So I need to purposefully become aware of everything I’m doing and evaluate why I’m doing it. I need to weigh my responsiblities and balance them with taking care of myself. Because, let’s face it, if I can’t take care of myself, then I’m not going to do a very good job of taking care of anything or anybody else.
Think of it like this. It takes time for the milk to settle and the cream to rise to the top. It can’t be rushed. It’s a process. But at the end of the process, you get the very best that milk has to offer.
Imagine a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, or fruit ripening on the tree. Even the plot of a movie and the choreography of a musical; all of these things take time to develop.
That’s where I am right now, my friendly blog reader.
In the coming weeks, I’m going to be re-organizing my life, including this website. It’s been 3 years (OMG, where has the time gone?!!) since I first started writing this blog. As I start to plan ahead for the next 3 years, I can see some changes I’d like to make. One of those changes will be to build a new website that focuses more on my book (You’re the Boat), my writing and my (future) speaking engagements.
Although I don’t know exactly how my life will turn out, I am absolutely certain that if I……
1) remember to acknowledge my Captain and not waste time beating myself up when I make mistakes,
3) do my best to serve myself and my Crew every day,
I can create a happy, wholesome, fulfilling life.
Life is a process and just like a roller-coaster ride, it can seem overwhelming and scary sometimes. Best to sit down, strap in and hold on, because you can either do your best to enjoy it, or you can scream your head off. Either way, the choice is up to you.
What do you think, my friendly blog reader?
How’s your ride?
I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.
Have a wonderful week. I’ll be back on Wednesday with the Inspirational song of the week.
p.s. Here’s a video from one of my heroes, Bill Hicks. His ride was cut short due to cancer, but he sure got his point across before he left us. Thanks for sharing your gift, Bill. xoxo