Take Time to Breathe

Do you sometimes feel as though you are on the Treadmill of Life? You are moving, but going nowhere?

With the speed at which our modern world moves, and bombardment from media at every turn, it is hard to slow down, quiet your thoughts, assess where you are at, and be confident of your direction. By the time one does all the “necessary” things there are to do in a day (and it seems as though there is always more to do), there is little energy left to focus, and tune out the “noise.” The desire to watch a mindless television sitcom and think of nothing else is great at the end of the day.

Or, is the problem that when you do begin to think about where you are going, you are your own worst enemy? Do you become the naysayer? I can’t. I don’t have enough money. I’m not talented enough. I’ll never be good enough. I’ll never be able to…. Oh, how those doubts assail us, especially when we are tired!

It is time to take control. Have you thought about where you want to be five years from now? Even one year from now? If you are not making changes now, you are not going to be in a different place a year from now!

However, before one can gain control and take action, one has to take the time to step back. Breathe. Think about what you are doing, what you want to be doing, and how you will change. You don’t have to have a detailed plan, but you should have some kind of outline.

If you spend ten minutes on the treadmill every day, your body will adjust to that level of exercise, and you’ll see little change. But if you steadily increase the length of time you spend on that treadmill, and/or the speed of your pace while you are on it, you will see change.

Breathe. Start moving in the direction of where you want to be in a year. Keep a journal. Note even the little steps. Start taking control of your life. Begin your journey on the path toward which you are being led. You will not only feel better, stronger, more confident, but you will also be happier.

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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