The choices in front of us can appear overwhelming or simple. Much depends on our perspective and baggage. When we keep focusing only on the problems and challenges, we easily get overwhelmed. Anxiety sets in when we think we must figure everything out all at once.
We have been conditioned to achieve and accomplish, which means there is no time to rest or pause. We’re always on the go heading to the destination. And everything becomes overwhelming as Liz Fosslien illustrates:
The irony is that it is only when we choose to take a breath can we see what’s actually in front of us, and start peeling the layers until we get to the root cause of our dis-ease. But when we keep telling ourselves how big and scary everything is, everything becomes big and scary. There is only that very long and rugged staircase to climb to be a success and win what prize? And then the next overwhelming staircase and challenge appear in the path we set ourselves on.
Mastery is a wonderful practice, as is transformation. However, in learning mastery, we have to overcome countless obstacles and overwhelming hardships on our paths. And sometimes, everything seems harder than usual. We may feel as if we’re climbing and can see a peak, yet we never seem to reach anything. The journey seems endless, and we just want to throw in the towel. And maybe we should?
When we trek into the unknown, we ultimately learn humility and patience. When the journey feels overwhelming, it introduces feelings in us to give up. Becoming aware of when a thought goes through your mind, or a feeling goes through your body, helps to understand that you don’t need to add more energy to it.
How we react matters. We can feel whatever is going on within us, and it’s much healthier to acknowledge those feelings than it is to suppress them—or worse, to allow ourselves to buy into the fear-based beliefs that fan our fears.
Doors and paths are now opening to a more simple way of living. It’s in your hands. All you have to do is step through them or on them. When you want your life to change, you must be the one who makes it happen. What is the first step to overcome something that’s overwhelming you?
You have so much power, and now is the time to see yourself as the architect of your life. Whatever your passion is—whatever your unique way of connecting, serving, or creating may be—now is the time to find it and make a difference. Be brave, be bold, and trust yourself like never before.
Regardless of what you’ve been told, everything is possible, especially finding healthy ways of living and working.
TS Eliot joins us with this insight: “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” What’s the first thing your heart wants to focus on?