Oh no, it's December 16th already – only 19 more shopping days left until Christmas! I'm desperately rushing to put the finishing touches on a presentation I'm doing TONIGHT, while simultaneously wrapping a gift to get in the mail. My cousin just had a baby and I NEED to go see her tomorrow and my company is coming on Friday and my yard is a MESS! My dryer just went off and the clothes need folding right now before they wrinkle.
And my presentation tonight? Yes well. My client wanted a FUNNY motivational speaker. She wasn't interested in a frazzled, harried, burned out one.
My body has been screaming for a quite a while now, "Slow down! I can't keep up with you!" But it appears that I have not been listening. I have fallen into that mentality that many of us do during the holiday season. It goes like this: "Maybe I can steal one more hour out of the day." We think things like, "If I hurry, I can…" Or, "maybe on my lunch hour I can run and…" Rush, rush, rush, rush, rush.
What are we thinking? Where are stealing this energy from? I'll tell you where. From that precious little goose of ours. And what's going to happen is what happened to me this morning. My goose woke up and said, "I'm mad as heck and I'm not taking it any more. I'm not going anywhere." And then – NOTHING gets done. Of course, I could continue to push myself anyway, and then really wipe out.
Let's stop this craziness right now. For the next 2 weeks, I suggest that you join me in practicing the following:
- Slow Down! Seriously. Walk slower. Drive slower. Saunter. Do not rush.
- If it doesn't get done – SO WHAT!!! Take a breath and let it go! Learn to love your dust bunnies.
- Continually ask yourself, "Where's the joy – right now? Where's the peace – right now? Where's the love – right now?" Believe me, if you're focused on finding joy, peace and love in every moment, you're where you need to be.
- Drink lots and lots and lots of water. Water will help keep you energized and focused.
- Breathe. Consciously. Deep and fully (as you are sauntering…)
- Put first things first. YOU are a first thing – you and your good health. Spending a few moments each day in GRATITUDE – is a first thing. Stopping to hug the ones you love and tell them how much they are loved – is a first thing.
I'll conclude with this thought. When it's all said and done, when life is almost over and you are lying on your death bed, do you really believe that you'll be thinking, "If only I'd folded those clothes before they wrinkled?"
I didn't think so.