There’s never enough money and always something that we believe needs to get done. The emails are piling up, customers are asking for more, the house needs cleaning, the laundry, the groceries, and our spouses and children need our attention. Then there are all the proactive things we know we should be doing: daily exercise, meditation, healthy cooking and eating right, getting enough sleep, yoga, spending time with loved ones, reading and our spiritual practice. Just 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there…sure, it all sounds good in theory.
Sometimes it’s just too much. On the best of days, I can barely keep up. Then one thing goes wrong and I’m left scrambling just to catch-up. How am I supposed to prioritize the pressures of money and work with creative pursuits, with parenting, with my spiritual practice, my other commitments…and through all of it I’m supposed to stay centered and feel good?
The moments I really feel good, if I’m being honest, is when I wake up late, enjoy a cup of coffee, spend time with my partner and children, listen to my favorite music, let the conversation wander, and feel the inspiration and the sunshine fill the room as the dishes pile up and the floor remains dirty. Yet, it is in this moment that I feel I should be doing something else…and so I get moving, and the entire cycle repeats. Oh, and I’m one of the lucky few—working from home according to my own schedule. If I had a regular job, I would sadly have to let much of my routine go.
We live in an age when we want to have it all, we know all too well what we should be doing, and so we set almost impossible goals. But impossible goals fail, and lead to stress and depression. I don’t have an easy answer to this problem, but I do know one thing: no matter what we feel needs to be done, the only real priority is that we feel good. When it gets to be too much, the least we can do for ourselves is to meditate for 15 minutes and reset. And there I go again, making it sound simple…just 15 minutes, right? We continue doing our best (nothing more and nothing less) tomorrow and each day after that.