A common thread among clients who come to me for self-empowerment counseling is “Why do people use me?” And they groan, “Why me?” And they whine, “I’ll never get what I want because of _____.” I tell them to fill in that blank with, “because I allow myself to be a victim.” People don’t make […]
I have so many books and articles I want to write and other things I want to do. Time is my biggest deterrent. I have a major book I’m finishing up and just got the contract for a new one that I’m excited about. Days can roll by with requests for my time from a million different directions. Interview requests, emails and other things make it necessary for me to stop my general writing to do them. It often gets really frustrating.
And then there are the calls for service, to dispute a bill, etc. And laundry! : ) I haven’t had time to post to my blog as much as I’d like. Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning in time killers, or not having enough time to sleep. And ya know what that can generate—stress! I don’t like feeling that way. Feeling time deprived can get you into a tizzy. It can feel l like I’m a a treadmill that keeps going faster, as I work all the time but can’t make the progress I’d like.
Lately I noticed that when someone asked how life is, I said, “insane!” Hmmm… Is that how I want to feel? I don’t think so!
Just when I’m lamenting to myself about how much work is on my plate, I think of a musician I interviewed years ago. We were talking about his crazy schedule. He had to book his own shows, go after his own publicity, sell his own CDs, etc. He said every time he stopped to breathe there was something else that needed his attention. I related. So many different tasks are related to being a creative person, working on your own to earn a living doing what we love. I asked how he stays positive in the midst of it all. His words hit me hard:
Blessings bring work.
Wow! He saw all of his work as blessings related to having the career he wanted so he didn’t mind doing them. He didn’t like the individual tasks, but kept focused on the blessings that brought him the work. He told me that 7 years ago and his words continue to resonate in my mind. Lately, I’ve said them a lot to counter saying that I feel insane. I’m not insane! And I don’t want the Law of Attraction to pick that up and reinforce my being insane! ? It’s so much nicer to remember that
Blessings bring work!
So I’m no longer insane, I’m blessedly busy. Oh so many blessings that I can barely keep up with them all but blessings nonetheless. I repeat those 3 words often every day to remind myself that what I do is my choice and I’m blessed to have been able to do it. So many people are stuck in jobs they get no pleasure from. I LOVE what I do! That in itself is a HUGE blessing!
So I’ve accepted that I must take the work that comes with it with appreciation for why it’s there.
I could be in a boring 9-5 gig, looking at my watch to see how much time has passed. Willing it to go fast. Now I do the opposite. I look at my watch and wish time would slow down to give me enough to do all I need and want to do. It truly is a different and blessed situation. These days more than ever I appreciate being able to post my blessings on my Conscious Gratitude list on Yahoo. Every time I post one of my blessings, it reinforces how blessed I am to be so busy.
When you love what you do, all the work to do it is part of the blessing.
Next time you feel overwhelmed, remind yourself that blessings bring work. If you don’t feel blessed, either look for a way to do something else or look harder for the blessing. While I don’t like the situation, I feel blessed to be able to support my family member through a fight against cancer. Knowing I help is a blessing! I often spend evenings and weekends continuing to write my books and articles. Often that doesn’t even feel like work since I love writing. It’s the admin stuff and answering emails that gets tedious. but it’s okay since
Blessings bring work and I’m a very blessed chick!
Find your own blessings in what you do. You may be blessed to make Mom’s like easier by helping to clean out her garage. Or blessed to go with someone to the doctor. Or to make someone happy to get a reply to their email. When you find the blessings in things that take up your time, it feels much better!