Monday’s Mantra: Pump Your Brakes

Life sometimes feels as though it’s moving at the speed of light.  You’re running to this meeting.  You’re volunteering for that event.  You’re co-developing programs and content for business ventures.  You’re leading a ministry.  You’re sprinting out the door at 7:00 a.m. every morning and hoping you beat the traffic to the office.  You’re baking cupcakes and cookies for your kids’ birthday party.  You’re buying wood and building floating shelves because it looked easy (and cute!) on Pinterest.  You’re driving to the grocery store with your significant other on Bluetooth trying to get him/her to find the list you posted on the refrigerator two nights ago.  You’re checking in as Dr. Phil every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday trying to encourage and support your friends with advice.  You’re working late (you really want a promotion).  You’re meal prepping and browsing YouTube videos for new fitness routines.  You’re literally trying to do EVERYTHING!  Aren’t you tired?  I mean I’m exhausted just thinking about it.  And honestly, the list is never-ending.  There’s always something else you have to do or somewhere you want to be to show you’re committed and you care.  Each day that you spend overextended and tired, you lose a little bit of your heart, peace, and soul.  While you’re running around taking care of everyone and everything, who’s taking care of you?  Sometimes you have to pause, assess, and restructure.  I know society wants all of us to believe that we’re only successful once we’ve proven we can juggle two hundred different balls in the air, but it’s really just an illusion that’s deflating our hope and dismantling our future.  It’s okay to say no.  It’s okay to relax.  And it’s okay to simply BE.  If you live life in the fast lane, the true riches of life will pass you by.

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