The content(edness) calendar-Day 7

Anything that costs you your peace is too expensive. โ€“ Anonymous

I know, I know, it is easier said than done. But sometimes we are so focused on what we want to achieve, that we forget to check on what really matters: ourselves. Is it really worth to keep pushing to reach our goals, even if that means losing sleep, skipping meals, or ending up so grumpy that the only thing we want to do, at the end of every day, is just to go to bed and hide under the blankets?

The thing is, sometimes we feel that until we push ourselves to the very limit, until we are feeling physically ill, because only then we can “justify” ourselves to stop or take a break.

But the question I want to ask you is: is it really worth it? Is that promotion really more important than having dinner with your family? Is that person ignoring your messages more valuable than a night of sleep? Is your life depending on the result of that match, now that you trained so hard that you are aching everywhere?

I think that the answer to these questions is quite clear, but sometimes we fail to see it, as what we want to achieve seems so important that we forget to check on ourselves, to make sure we are still ok or if it is time for a break.

I know that it seems hard to accept that we need to take it easy sometimes, but let’s try to shift perspective one second: let’s pretend that you get wherever you wanted to be, wouldn’t the situation require you to be at 100% of your abilities? If you get that promotion, or that message, or win that match, wouldn’t you prefer to live the full experience, be your true self and be able to do your best?

And let’s not forget the best part: celebrating with your loved ones, maybe with a pancake stack!

#life

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  1. I love this! I have been so excited to see your daily notes and been literally checking updates to see if a new one is there yet.. and this is just so spot on! It has been such a hard year and we need to check in with ourselves and also with close ones like never before! thank you for sharing with us your own advent ๐Ÿ™‚ your posts are just so beautiful and inspiring! exactly what one needs this time of the year ..cant wait for the next one!

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  2. Reading your post today reminded me that I hadn’t checked in with my grandchildren in a couple of days โ€“ you know how time sort of slips through your fingers. They were so happy to talk to me but bummed out because school is closed again until the January 4 at the earliest. There are just too many teachers who need to quarantine and cannot physically make it into school so everyone is back on virtual schooling. They miss their friends and all the necessary socializing so important for relationships, whether between adults or kids. They were excited to tell me about the gingerbread houses they built over the weekend and will post photos on Facebook. My oldest, 11-year-old Mckenna, asked me when things would finally be back to normal. I wish I had an answer for her but I didn’t. ๐Ÿ’”

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  3. Support. Maybe it has got to do with this societal mindset that we need to be more, which translates to keep going always. Like you said, this is not true and sometimes being more means slowing down, doing less, and being quiet. Your thoughts also reminded me to refocus. I hurt my knee and cannot exercise and have been thinking of ways to do it. But actually I should just rest and recover. Thank you.

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    • I am glad it was a useful reminder! I agree with you, I think the society played a big role with this idea of what “successful” means: big house, great job, expensive car. But today, I believe that to me successful translates as “happy”. Happy with a studio flat, a castle or a caravan, it doesn’t really matter! Take care! xx

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    • 100% agree! We tend to believe at a definition of success that is not applicable to everybody: to me, being happy equals successful. I don’t care about big cars or massive houses, I just want to have a serene and fulfilled life, regardless of what I own!

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