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TCOY = Take Care of You






     JUMP OFF THE RAT RACE
 

Remember the 1980's commercial for Calgon bubble bath where a person in a stressful situation threw up their hands and cried, "Calgon take me away!”? Then the scene changed to the person taking a relaxing break in a tub full of bubbles. 
 
Last month, after experiencing quite a few "Calgon moments", I found great peace as I transitioned back to Kansas after moving to Florida for a career opportunity.  After a few months my heart ached for the comforts of loved ones and familiarity.

Although I had moved to and live in different states in my younger years, this move was different.  I enjoyed and learned a lot from the experience, but the biggest takeaway was, I wanted to be back in the loving environment I knew.


You can imagine but you cannot know what lies in the future; however, when I look back on these past few months I am able to see how things happened and worked out for the good.  Having taken the time to slow down and get grounded with my thoughts and priorities in life brought me incredible peace.  

I'm thrilled to be back home and starting the next chapter in my life surrounded with what is enduring to me.  One of my favorite childhood movies, "The Wizard of Oz", about a girl from Kansas finding her way back home, is so similar to the journey I’ve been on recently. 
 
I can definitely relate to the final scene when Dorothy tells her family and friends "There's No Place Like Home".

We’ve all experienced extreme stress at the end of some days but it is important not to allow those feelings to stretch into days, weeks, months and even years. Slow down and take time to reevaluate your life and if it's not going in the direction you desire, make some changes. 
 
Burnout triggers stress and stress is the biggest culprit in health issues.

I believe in working hard and playing hard; however, I also know the importance of disconnecting and enjoying quiet "me time".  In my "me time" I often find myself drawn to nature; perhaps gardening, yardwork, walking, or being around water.  God provided us so much beauty that is constantly available and there is no cost to take advantage of it and enjoy it whenever you like.  

With so many appointments, deadlines and obligations, the demands can bring on anxiety and take away the joy from life. If this is where you find yourself, consider subtracting rather than adding to your already too busy schedule.  

Do you need a break from the daily rat race of this world?  When was the last time you took a full day and spent it exclusively with loved ones or on a personal pursuit (not work)?  

Our body was designed to rest and it will get your attention if you continue to neglect it while continually demanding more of it.  My TCOY mantra states this perfectly, "If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?"

Taking time to reboot and understand the value of the moment is priceless.  Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.  
 
As Alan Watts states, "You can't live at all, unless you can live fully now."  Time passes quickly so I invite you to enjoy this short YouTube video:  Live Fully Now and make some time to slow down.

Technology advances allow us to connect and communicate instantly and constantly so we are always busy and do not get any down time. We often find ourselves more agitated and trying to do several things at the same time, which has a negative effect on our physical and mental well-being.  If you don't think these things impact relationships, both at work and personal, you are only kidding yourself.

In America, we are driven to work more hours each day.  Success is typically based on our performance, income and other social status symbols (material items).

Through the process of making a living, we often fail to make a life.  The rat race pulls us in by making us believe if we do more or have more "stuff" or "status" we will find happiness.  The truth is, this type of thinking is all smoke and mirrors.  
 
Your net worth does not determine your self-worth. Psychologically, it is an easy trap to fall into, which is why it's crucial to regularly take that quiet "me time" to know you are enough. 

The questions a person asks as they come to the end of life are: Did I live well?  Did I love? Did I make a difference?
 
Taking time to stop and reflect on what matters most to you will help you not only physically, mentally and spiritually but will also ignite passion within you.

There is great joy in finding your purpose in life and giving your whole heart and soul to it. Nothing is more fulfilling than living in alignment with your life purpose. Nothing is more exciting than being all that you were born to be and doing the work that you were intended to do while surround by those you love.

Life is good.  Let go of things that aren't in alignment with what brings you joy and embrace, heartedly, the people and things that bring you joy.

My TCOY challenge for this month is for you to take some time to "jump out of the rat race", disconnect from business and allow yourself time for quiet thoughts.  
 
Eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may speak.  Allow yourself to be at peace and relaxed cherishing the present moment.  Don’t allow the past or future take up too much of today.
 
You are the author of your life. You are unique and amazing.  Live each day with the enthusiasm as if it were your first or last day on this earth – because one day it will be. Enjoy the journey my friend.

Until next month...

TCOY!
 
TCOY = Take Care of You

 
 
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~ QUOTES TO NOTE ~

 


Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.


~ A.W. Pinero



You can’t live at all, unless you can live fully now.

~ Alan Watts 



If you do the best you can, you will find, nine times out of ten, that you have done as well as or better than anyone else.

~ William Feather


 

Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.

~ Gautama Buddha
 



 

Strength from Scripture: 

Be Still and Know I Am God

Psalms 46:10


The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Exodus 14:14

Find the Joy in the Journey

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Life is short; learn to dance in the rain and realize, perfection isn't sustainable so do the best you can with what you have.  

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