40 Reflections – #2: 40 days of raw recollections during the Lenten Season
Ever wake up, glance at the clock, and say, “I SHOULD have gotten up earlier”? Only to follow it with I SHOULD have gone to the gym, prepped dinner, called my parents, run with the dogs, played with the kids, or checked the pockets for that pen before I tossed everything in the wash.
The “S” word is verifiably toxic, yet to avert our gaze away from what our lives would look like if we accomplished all of the SHOULDS is nearly impossible. Haven’t you marveled at the early birds who amble into work chatting about their early morning run, seamless commute, or the dinner menu they prepared for the month? Oh, and if you need the template, it’s on their blog.
When our minds harp on these unaccomplished actions, we sadly allow the only NOW we have to circle the drain.
Here are three ways to shake the SHOULD NARRATIVE:
- BE YOURSELF: Change the lens through which you see yourself, and celebrate who you are and where you are today.
- ACCEPT AND ALLOW: Your reality may be vacant of the plans you slated for your self-years ago, but by clutching onto the people we love, our SHOULD HAVE world dissipates. Some say, “Let go, Let God” it’s worth a shot.
- SET YOUR INTENTIONS: Our deepest hopes are shaped by our intentions. Step out of the noise, serve others, and find your passion, and share it!
As I finish this post I think about how I SHOULD have gone to bed earlier, cleaned the toilets, emptied the dishwasher, and bathed the dogs, but this time I’m going to “Let go and let God.”
P.S.: Dear God, the bowls go in the cupboard on the left.
DIG DEEP: On your next run, bring a friend, and you do the listening.
Lenten Challenge: Fast from meat on Fridays and one other weekday.