I always laugh and take note of how interestingly things are timed out sometimes. You can be walking along through your day and all of a sudden have a wake up call to something you’ve been needing to learn for that season in your life. What strikes as odd is that it’s not until that moment that you realize that you’ve had about four other things happen that week that were teaching you the exact same lesson.
The part that makes me laugh about it is that, for me, it’s typically such an obvious tie yet I’ll be completely oblivious to it happening, until that aha moment where all of the coincidental events come together like puzzle pieces. Almost as if you never would have learned the lesson unless each of these things lined up exactly the way they did.
This week has been one of those weeks for me.
It started with boredom. Or some sense of the word. I had been spending my weekend doing all of the weekend like activities that had to be done, running errands, catching up on my blog, and getting some social time in. By the last day I had worn myself out and was needing to rest. During my resting, however, I kept noticing myself trying to stay entertained. Watching tv. Checking my phone. Scrolling instagram. Whatever mindless activity I could get my hands on I was making sure to actively engage in it. This isn’t rest at all. So I nudged myself a little to stop. Stop and be still. Enjoy this moment.
That same day I sat down for my meditation. Right now I’m enjoying a 21 day series from Deepak and Oprah about finding success, and this day particularly touched on taking advantage of the time you have. I started meditating on how I’m using my time, and all of the things that can be accomplished simply by using my time to do things I love and enjoy. Things that bring me pride. In that I will find success.
The following day I was writing up some blogposts for Gramr Gratitude Co about living an intentional life. As I’m writing these posts I started recognizing that although I strive to live with much intention it can sometimes be very challenging to do. Well… Duh. But because this is something I’m passionate about, and because I aim to continually live in a state of consciousness I need those moments that remind me to stop and slow down. Writing about it was quite a perfect reminder.
The final piece to the puzzle happened later that evening when I opened up “What I know For Sure” by Oprah Winfrey. I read the first article in the book and had I not already been sitting I would have literally dropped to my knees. The article seemed as if it had been written specifically for me in that moment in time. It was about the song “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. It was an extremely popular song when it was first released, and for good reason. There is a line that says “when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.” This line can be used to inspire in a million different ways, but it lined up for me with all of the other things I’d been hearing this week.
I don’t want to miss my life. I want to be a part of it. I preach on living with intention a lot, and it’s because I truly believe in it. But, I still need reminders sometimes. Partake in your life. Don’t let it pass you by. Be active and engaged in every second that passes because you will never get it back. You can make time count for you if only you let it. Every moment you get a choice: sit it out or dance? I hope to dance. Always.
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
– Oprah Winfrey