Occasionally I come across things that are just too good not to share. This is one of them.
If you’ve followed this space for a while, you know that I like to get into the depths of who I am, how I work, what drives me. I like to consider, reflect, and dive a little deeper. I like to work through hard things, to find the positive, to reach a better way of being.
Because, frankly, I have no choice. Life is HARD. And “hard” has, for many years, been my normal.
That’s why I wholeheartedly pursued teaching yoga. It’s my way of reflecting, moving, working through hard things… when all I really want to do is curl up in my sweatpants and catch the latest Netflix series or scroll through Instagram.
Because real life doesn’t give you the time to waste. Real life knocks you on your ass in half a second, pushes you around while your down, and still expects you to get up and go back to work, go back to responsibility, and get your shit done.
Real life doesn’t care what you’re going through. And if you’re not careful, if you wallow too long, if you don’t let go or work through your grief, your pain, your sorrow, real life is going to leave you behind.
This is Real
I had this moment recently exactly like that. It knocked me on my ass, then kicked me while I was down, then said “that was fun! don’t forget – you have an interview in an hour!”
And if I wallowed, I would have cancelled the interview. And if I paused, I would have lost a really wonderful opportunity. But I have been to enough interviews, and done enough yoga + meditation, to know that sometimes what we need MOST in our time of suffering is an excuse to get our asses back in line, buck up, and prove that whatever shit life throws at you – it doesn’t get to take away your future. It is not permitted to take away what is important to you. It is not invited to steal your dreams, your opportunities, or your joy.
It is not permitted.
And in this time of change and challenge, a little book found me. And, because this year is my year of MAGIC, I knew the second that I touched its cover, that this book was for me. It has its own place on my desk. And its pages come to my inbox every day.
How to get it
I am not in any way affiliated with the author or Seven Stones Leadership, but here are the details for the book and the email list, which I can’t recommend enough.
The book is Living in Sufficiency: A Daily Journey by Gina LaRoche.
So that’s it for today. I hope this post finds you if you need it, I hope it inspires you if that’s what you’re looking for, and I wish you all the best with all of your pursuits.
For several years Ali Edwards has started her year with a word. No resolutions or promises to break, just one little word® to check back on for guidance or reflection. As she describes it, “You live with it. You invite it into your life. You let it speak to you. Follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.” This year is all about the wholehearted pursuit of MAGIC. And I can’t wait to see where it leads. I hope you’ll join me on this journey. For more of my one little word, follow my tag one little word.