I love this quote and I really think it rings true to how our society is today. So often I feel like we are all under this pressure to be a certain way, to be perfectly put together, and not show the world our struggles. But honestly, I feel like the world would be a better place if we all accepted the struggles that are required to achieve beauty in our lives. I know we would all have a better relationship with others if we recognized that everyone is fighting their own battle. And I know for certain that we would have better relationships with ourselves if we accepted the struggles we go through as a part of something greater, a way to achieve a more beautiful life. This week and weeks to come I hope to accept this about myself, to realize how far I have come in life and the butterfly I am today as well as the beautiful butterfly I can become.
I love this quote because I think it applies to every aspect of our lives. What we put energy in to, is where we see the most growth, most reward, and most love. This is true for careers, relationships, spirituality, and personal development. A lot of times people get caught up in comparing ourselves to others or wanting what others have already achieved, I know I do. I think if I take all that time I waste worrying or yearning for something I don’t currently have, and place that in efforts to improve (metaphorically water my grass) myself, my career, my relationships whatever the case may be, I would see so much growth. This is all easier said than done, how do we have enough hours in the day to water our grass in every area of our lives? Its overwhelming! I think this week and in future I am going to make an effort to spend a little time each day caring for myself in whatever area needs improvement, whatever area that has grass that needs a little TLC. Even if that is just getting up earlier in the morning to work out, read a bible verse, or make breakfast so David and I can share a meal together, I will be one step closer to greener grass. I just need to make sure I focus on those small and wonderful things, enjoying those moments.
I think being present in the moment has always been a struggle for me. I have a creative mind and an active imagination, which I wouldn’t trade for the whole, but that sometimes leaves me lost in my thought instead of lost in the moment. I am trying to practice mindfulness, really being present in a moment. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time for a wandering mind, creative brainstorms, and wild imagination, but finding a balance of these things and being mindful has been a struggle lately. I find myself in a work meeting, a church sermon, or even a conversation with a coworker having my thoughts wander to my growing to-do list, a potential blog post, or even the excitement I have about my wedding. I find that I am missing information, missing great moments or funny jokes, or really just missing an opportunity to connect with someone because of my wandering mind. This week I am going to continue to try and be mindful, to pay attention more and wander a little less.
I just LOVE this quote because it applies to SO many different things in our lives. As a woman (or maybe just a human!), I feel like we all constantly compare ourselves to each other, to friends, family and people we don’t even know but see passing us on the street! This is a quote I really want to focus on this week. I don’t need to worry that I am in the beginning of my career, or blogging, or getting back in to healthy eating and fitness. My beginning doesn’t need to look as good as the middle of someone else’s journey! I need to embrace the moments where I start something new, where I might not be the fastest, quickest, or strongest, because these are the moments I am going to look back on and say “man I am sure glad I didn’t give up.” Always be grateful for where you come from. There is not one single destination for your career success, your blog, your physical strength, or your relationship, it is ALWAYS about the journey. I just need to remember these words when I am having those doubts!
Lately I have realized I keep wanting, wishing, and hoping time to fly by and I really shouldn’t be! I have so many great moments ahead (graduation, a big move, and a new job!) but I really need to cherish and live in the moment. If I keep focusing on what is ahead I won’t realize how great the days are right now. This week I am going to focus my energies on living in the moment, cherishing my time right now and not just focusing on the future! Enjoy your Sunday, and I wish you a wonderful week to come!