This week I’ve had a bit of an ‘aha’ moment. 12 weeks in and counting and life doesn’t feel like it’s getting any easier to adjust to! Lock-down rules might be easing, practically speaking the new recommendations don’t really change anything in terms of what my day-to-day looks like.
I’ve said before I like to have routine, and a good sense of where I’m heading to be prepared for changes. These things have been impossible in lock-down. I have tried a few different things for a day or two, set myself a different goal for the next day – and then either things beyond my control have changed or I just haven’t found the oomph to put that little change into place. So I’ve carried on convincing myself it won’t be for much longer and things will become easier soon.
We have a little mantra in our house “If you want things to be different you have to do things differently”. Obvious isn’t it! But not always so easy to put into practice.
So what is the ‘aha’ moment? Before lock-down I had been consciously making time for a weekly reflection time. A chance to regroup and process a little bit of what had gone on in the previous week and note down some of the things I’m noticing. I’ve realised that is one of the things I’m really missing. I know for many, lock-down has given an opportunity to stop, slow down and reflect but that has not been my experience or that of many others I’ve spoken to. In fact, quite the opposite! I’ve embraced new opportunities, been busy doing, reacting, responding but not making enough space to reflect and process what is going on around me and within me. So where to start?!
- Firstly, I’m choosing not to beat myself about it.
- Secondly, I’ve started small – I’ve got out my journal again and remembered how much I enjoyed it making notes in it!
- Remember that I don’t need to force a change.
- Be consciously aware of God’s presence with me in each moment – noticing the little things, the everyday things.
- Make small steps towards doing a couple of things differently.
- Start by noting down what I’m thankful for each day.
I’ve also looked back on a podcast and article I found helpful, with some pointers if this idea is new to you. You can find it HERE.
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