Balance is such a tricky little thing.
In my mind I imagine my day with perfect time blocks and equally allotted work flows for each task.
I envision ending my days at the same time every day and my daily routines being so robotic that I wouldn’t have to even think twice.
Everything would be balanced.
I could breathe a sigh of relief knowing that if it’s not in my gcal, it doesn’t exist.
But, can I be honest with you?
It rarely happens that way for me…and I’ve noticed the same trend in a lot of creative people.
Here’s the thing…
It’s okay if you feel like you’re unbalanced or misaligned right now.
Now I didn’t include any empirical data to back this up, but I believe that we as humans hold ourselves to very high standards. And, if you’re a high performer, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The angst that you feel when you think of “all the things you should be doing.” The constant underlying current telling you to be more efficient, leaner, and faster.
Sometimes it’s the internal pressure that can nag at you or even make you feel overwhelmed.
Other times, it’s the outside images of social media or even our colleagues who plant the subconscious seed in our minds that we need to go bigger and better.
While there’s nothing wrong with wanting more for your life (as you should!), we have to be careful that we aren’t trying to live up to a curated reality.
The truth is, there is no rush when you’re in your own lane.
The only reason “Life is short,” is because you have just enough time to work that purpose God put inside of you. But it’s more than enough time.
You see, I’m here to pull back the veil a bit for you…
Living a purpose filled life will shake you.
Digging to unearth your talents and skills that you were placed here to share with the world is not an easy task. It’s a constant excavation that many people won’t dare to begin in their life time. It causes you to be uncomfortable in a variety of ways – calling to the carpet your motives, gifts, and intentions.
But, it’s worth it.
This past week was rough for me. It was intense just about all week long – emotionally and within my business. My inbox was on fire and I felt utterly knee jerked by my time. However, there were two instances that reminded me of why I do what I do:
- I had a conversation with a new friend I met in a shared Facebook group and referenced this blog post that I wrote a couple months back. She instantly said, “Wait – I READ that blog post! That was you?! It was so great.”
- I ran into a friend who mentioned how much my weekly blogs motivate them
And that’s all I needed as a reminder that this is only temporary and that I’ll get back on track in a bit.
Don’t forget that others need you.
Your gifts and talents aren’t just for you. They are for other people too – for them to gain strength to utilize their gifts. Each person impacting the next in the world’s biggest domino effect.
I’m not telling you to do all the things, but what I am saying is that you have a responsibility to do your part.
Balance, my friend, is the least of your worries when you know that you have a charge to impact this world and all those in it with your life.
Your journey in both business and life are be made up of marathons and sprints. It’s up to you to know which one you’re in.
When you need time to rest, please rest.
When you feel like pushing, go hard.
You have to know yourself and what you can handle.Do the work to find your triggers and paint points and always be kind to yourself, even in your self talk.
My prayer for you is that you will have the faith to know that you can always recalibrate.
Remember, there will be different seasons in your life that may never look the same as the last.
And that’s completely okay.
Always speak life,