Here I am at Day 7 of my commitment to myself to write on my blog every day. And I find that I am stuck. What to write about? Why did I want to do this? Do I really want to do this everyday? How do I write if I don’t feel inspired, compelled to write as most of my blog posts have been? What’s the point of it all anyway? Would it really matter if I didn’t write everyday?
Today I find myself tired, unmotivated to do much of anything and simply wondering what my real purpose in life is, beyond being there for my kids. I’ve thought of starting several different things today – creating flyers for some workshops I want to offer this fall; returning a good dozen emails; reading my new choices of self-reflection books; planning for a couple of upcoming events at Avalon; lining up some lunches with friends; and a bunch of other ideas. None of those things happened. Instead I’ve spun my wheels most of the day just flitting from thing to thing.
I can end up on days like this feeling very rudderless and get super down on myself. I start over thinking everything, wondering if I will ever just be able to get my shit together and stay motivated. It’s like moving through quicksand on these days. The more I try to move with any speed the deeper I sink. It’s kind of crazy making as I try to rebuild myself and my life, finding meaning and passion for life again. I know the things that will make me feel better – movement, being outside, writing, etc. – but on days like today I just can’t get myself going. I know just taking baby steps forward towards some goal I’ve set will be good, but I can’t settle my mind on just one thing to throw myself into. Crazy making!
Then, as I was scrolling through articles I’ve saved to read, trying to find something to spark my interest enough to at least write a little bit today these words jumped out at me. Written by Carolyn Moor the founder of the Modern Widows Club, these words named a truth for me that rang with a clear “Ah Yes” in my head. “I may change my opinion a thousand times before next week because my mind never (never) shuts down. I think about my past, present and future constantly. I’m trying my very best to learn the gift of being in the present moment (I wish I knew why this was so hard?)”
I spin my wheels, making myself feel rudderless and stuck , because I am over thinking things way too much. Too much thinking and not enough action. Over and over again, every single day, I need to call myself back to staying in this time, in this moment. When I do that my entire being clears and I find myself able to move forward. Even if some days it is just tiny baby steps forward that is progress!
Writing here is one of those small, consistent steps I can take that pushes me out of just spinning thoughts. It is doing something. Walking outside barefoot in my front yard is doing something. Reading a few paragraphs in my current book is doing something. Reaching out to just 1 person is doing something. Celebrating each of these little successes is doing something. They don’t have to be big, long steps forward. All of them are important.
I may keep changing my mind 1000x each week about what I want to do or not do or be or not be and that is okay. I have no doubt I will keep feeling both rudderless and stuck at times. I also know that I will keep calling myself back day after day, minute after minute to living in this time, this moment. When I stay in the here and now I am good because I trust that I can handle it.
I’m feeling very grateful for others sharing their wisdom along their own journeys. I love how other people’s stories can help me along my own path.
Happy to be feeling settled in this time, this moment!