Enjoyable, powerful change

 The un-rush seemed to hit a nerve with many.  But not everyone. Maybe for you being overly rushed isn’t your Achilles heel.  Maybe you want to lose weight and you feel in your soul like you need to start exercising or eating cleaner.  Maybe you haven’t been feeling your most energetic, and a healthier diet is calling to you, but you don’t know where to start. Maybe you want to get connected to God. Maybe you need to unload a burden.  Maybe you want to invest yourself in a cause you deeply care about but never seem to be motivated enough to find the time. Or maybe it’s something completely different.  In any case, draw close to the people who will honor the changes you want to make, cheer you on, and value your growth.

I recently read Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.  I love what she says on this subject.  In her case, she was implementing big changes in her life to “un-rush” herself and be more present for her family and others.  It strikes me, though, that this line of thought is applicable in any personal growth journey. 

As you make your changes, some people will peer into your face with fascination – I want some of that, essentially is what they are saying. And some people will not be down with this way of living at all. 

Bless them. But don’t spend too much time with them.  Draw close to people who honor your no, who value your growth more than they value their own needs getting met or their own pathologies being celebrated.

Our little Cooking Club – my day-to-day lifeline best people – we’re cheering each other along this journey, and it makes all the difference.  We talk every day, usually many times a day, and our constant refrain sounds like this:  what can you lay down? How can we make this simpler? Are you getting enough rest? Can I take your kids of a couple of hours?

Instead of competing for who’s busier or who’s more tired, who’s keeping more balls in the air, we’re constantly looking for ways to help each other’s lives get lighter, easier to carry, closer to the heart of what we love, less clogged with expectations and unnecessary tasks.  These women are like my training wheels as I learn this, keeping me upright as I wobble along.

If you find yourself struggling with un-rushing or perhaps another component of a healthy lifestyle that you know would be a game-changer for you, one critical place to start is with your community… identifying them, being honest and vulnerable with them, and enlisting their help.  Have you found your tribe?


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