Lenten Reflections #32
SHOULD – this word creeps into my mind a few times a day, but I intentionally try to avoid saying it. Instead, I tell myself, “Stay positive, do what you can, stop overanalyzing!
Honestly, I feel like the word “should” is “regrets” big bossy sister.
I’ve been thinking about the word SHOULD and all the undone tasks that follow that word. I SHOULD figure out a blogging schedule, I SHOULD learn more about growing my audience, I SHOULD work on my husband’s blog: Keeping Kids in Motion.
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, find your passion, and share it!