Don’t Let Life Suck the Life Out of You

This is a line straight from my morning journal entry. Why did I write it? Because I’M the one who needed to hear it. I was reflecting on all the things I want to do and create and be in my life. I was feeling all excited about the possibilities. And then I remembered - Oh right. I’ve felt this way before. And then what happened? I allowed the rest of my life to take over.

It’s so easy to be optimistic first thing in the morning or late at night when you’re not smack dab in the middle of “real life”. You’re not at work being pulled in ten different directions under looming deadlines. You’re not hunched over your checkbook paying bills and wondering what the heck those last two Amazon charges were for. It’s quiet. Your phone is out of sight. And all those big dreams tiptoe out of the shadows and tap you on the shoulder. Remember me? We have work to do!

I have to admit it. It’s easy to ignore that inner voice when ice cream and Netflix are calling. “I’ve had a crazy day. I’m so exhausted.” “It’s not THAT important.” “I just need to relax.” Sound familiar? It’s so dangerous to allow these thoughts to lull us into a drowsy, sloth-like state where nothing gets done. I know this because I have been there, time and time again.

Monday morning begins and I open up my work email to a flood of new demands. I complete my weekly rituals of grocery shopping, loading and unloading the dishwasher, and trying to come up with something to make for dinner. The days pass and the promise of another weekend sparkles on the horizon. Only one more day and I’m free!

But as another week comes and goes, precious time was not spent on what’s really important. Or maybe a few things were started, but not completed. I once heard someone talking about setting goals and how it would take a year for someone to see results. “A whole year? But that’s so long!” And then the person said, “But just think - if you’d started on your goal a year ago, you’d have accomplished it by now.”

Days and months and years will continue to fly by. Our job is to prevent the daily minutiae from getting in our way. It’s time to stop zoning out and take action. Just think how amazing it will feel when your dreams finally become a reality.

My morning journal and favorite pen

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