Someone asked me recently why I’d been writing less these days. It’s been a transitional, busy, challenging few months, I ashamedly admitted. As I reflect back on that answer over this cherished long weekend, I realize now the distractions are our life.
They’re not some disruption or interruption. They’re the building blocks of who we are and what we are becoming, and the moment we choose to look at them as the obstacle instead of the teacher, we start to miss it.
And I’ve been missing it lately...
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the “once we get past this then” mindset:
“This” is your life. “This” is everything it’s supposed to be right here, right now, if you’re willing to hold it in the hands of an open heart and an open mind.
It’s easy to let guilt and shame stop us in our tracks. “I didn’t go walking like I said I would last night, I might as well not go tonight...I didn’t post a blog again this week, maybe I’m out of good ideas.”
It’s counterproductive to dwell on the small, temporary shortcomings. We don’t need perfection or 100% of our actions to be in line with our vision for ourselves, just the majority. James Clear writes in Atomic Habits about this: everyday we make a vote for or against the identity we want to support.
We don’t need perfection, just the majority.
So here’s to accepting and welcoming this season, enjoying and appreciating “this,” choosing to learn and grow, embracing my shortcomings, and making a conscious “vote” in the direction of where I know I’m headed.