I’m absolutely without question, blessed to live in an area that’s a little bit country and a little bit suburban. It’s a little community smack dab in the middle of nowhere, so circling around the residential areas are plenty of wide open spaces.
So when the weather is half decent, you can bet I get on my walking shoes and take in the neighbourhood.
Walking is way more than exercise to me. It’s also my therapist.
And lemme tell ya, I’m overdue for a good LONG walk.
I like to take in the walk until I have my ‘stuff’ sorted out. Sometimes that can mean 20 minutes, other times 2 hours.
I don’t quite know why it works but it generally does. It’s as if the quiet crunch of gravel and gushing water of ditches lull me into forgetting my concerns for a short while, persuading me to enjoy what nature has for us to enjoy.
Two more day job days, then I’m going for a walk!
See, I need to sort some stuff out.
So here’s the list I generally ask myself…
Should I go with plan A first or jump to plan B without giving A a full swing at it? A B A B A B…
Can I deliver in time?
Is it the right season to take this on?
What will these decisions effect?
Will they take too much time away from other important things?
Where will these decisions ultimately take me?
Are they part of my goals?
Or do they guide me in areas other than what I had in mind?
Is it good to switch gears or am I being distracted by shiny objects?
Will these decisions still sound like me?
Because I want to stay me. ME. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Long term vs. short term…
What’s coming up that I need to take care of now?
Will the long term goal work mess with what I need now?
Will the short term goal mess with the long term goal?
Can I figure out a way to do both?
Is the next step something you really desire at this season of your life?
Who or what will it effect?
Are you set up with a good support system to carry you through?
Stopping everything for something big can be worthwhile… but what about the small things you need to do? How will you accomplish both?
Will these opportunities help my family?
And now for some gravel crunch time with no words.
Here’s the thing.
Opportunities are going to come your way when you put yourself out there.
What to accept and not to accept are super tough decisions.
Do take something on if:
It’s where you had planned to go.
You’re prepared for what comes after if applicable.
You can stay true to your own voice.
It helps your family.
Your priorities are in line. Are you taking this on because it’s a good fit or to delay what you really should be doing?
You have a good support system around you.
The season feels right.
Don’t take something on if:
You think it’ll never come again. It can and probably will. And maybe even better suited next round. But I know how hard that is to believe. Trust me, I know. But for every one thing I’ve turned down, interestingly something new has slipped into its place.
It’s not sticking with your plans.
It hinders your family more than helps.
If it’s just a time filler. You can be so full of wrong things leaving no room for right things.
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Thanks for those of you that have helped me with some recent decisions. Many of these insights have come from you. And they were worth sharing. Many thanks!
More to come!
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