Good evening reader,
September was a whirlwind for many of us, and this month has started off no better. Following the events of Sunday night, my hands have clung to my guitar, and my mind is swirling with lyrics and lines and “why’s” and “when’s” and “what the hell is going on? is this the end?”
Please know, you are not alone in your anger, fears, shock and sadness. This is the time to unite with those around you who share a common goal and passion. This is the time to create, get involved, and speak up. This is the time to express, cry, and rest.
How can anyone do all of these things? Balance. Boundaries. Love.
Balance can be difficult to experience on any given day, and requires deep insight to begin the work of becoming a “balanced” person. The need to feel balanced encourages us to assertively state our needs, and to prioritize tasks between mandatory and ‘if I can get to it.’ And don’t forget, we have to consider the needs of those around us like our family, friends, community, city, and the country that we live in. The hard thing to accept about “balance” is understanding that we will never achieve lasting balance.
Boundaries are very important in regards to becoming a “balanced” person. This means being able to set limits for yourself and to set limits on what others can rely on you for – emotional energy, time completing tasks, etc. Many people struggle by taking on too many tasks, setting high-expectations for self, and difficulty delegating to those around them. These difficulties lead to hidden resentments which can damage relationships, negatively impact self-esteem, and decrease productivity overall. Other struggle with low-motivation, trouble setting goals, and difficulty following through with tasks to completion. These difficulties produce the SAME issues. Why? Feeling out of control – imbalance.
Love – as corny as it sounds – is the ultimate solution. This means self-love, and love for others. This means unconditional support of your dreams, confidence in your abilities, and making sure you are a priority! This also means love for others. I am talking about not judging others’ decisions, supporting individual strengths, and making sure those close to you know that they are a priority too! By uniting in love, we can feel balanced and in control in this crazy world. Love allows us to feel safe, comfortable, and strong. We can create plans, achieve goals, and make a difference.
So my challenge for you today reader is to reach out to someone who shares a passion of yours, and schedule a date. Process that craziness that is happening around us, and create a plan for how to make a difference – even if it is “small.” Your meeting alone will change your spirit, and in turn, positively influence the culture around you – just like magic.
With love and light,
Some political punk noise for your tired hearts: