You’ve Only Got One Job in Any Given Moment
Let me ask you a question:
After your eyes pop open in the morning, how long does it take you to get stressed out?
Before your feet even hit the floor, have you started worrying about the day ahead?
The things you have to do before leaving for work?
All the running around you need to do with the kids?
Heck, some of you might even spend a chunk of the night lying awake thinking about any of the stuff above.
I’m guessing that, for the majority of us, it doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to feel stress after we wake up.
Ten minutes…from when we go from snoozing away to being consumed by the day and its demands.
And that stressful state often follows us around all day long, until we hit the sack and start again the next morning.
But you know what? In any given moment, we only have one job.
No matter how many tasks are on your to-do list, no matter how many kids are hanging off of you, no matter how worried you are about x, y, or z — you’ve only got one job.
It’s to stay aligned.
Alignment is that feeling of peace and contentment you get when you believe things are going to be okay. It’s feeling “in flow” with your life — going with things instead of resisting against them.
Maybe you feel that sense of peace after praying, taking a walk in the woods, listening to music you love, reading a great book, or cooking up a delicious meal. Maybe it’s connecting with a friend or working on a meaningful project.
Whatever it is, your only job in any given moment is to reconnect to that feeling of peace and sink into it — to be aligned.
Your job is not to have a loop of worry running through your mind at all times.
Your job is not to stress about not knowing what your life’s purpose is.
Your job is not to juggle ten times more than you can actually handle so you can feel like you’re doing enough, being enough, and are worthy enough.
Your only job is to stay aligned.
Not so that you can avoid your problems and stick your head in the sand…
…but because being in alignment is the only place where the answers to your problems can be found.
“But Katie, (I hear you saying) I’m so busy. I don’t have time to take a walk in the woods every time I’m stressed out. I’d do nothing but walk in the woods.”
Then take a deep breath, close your eyes, and picture yourself walking in the woods along your favorite trail. Do it for one minute, and I bet you’ll feel way more peaceful and centered than when you started.
You might need to do this several times a day (or several times an hour!) at first. That’s okay. You’re training yourself to become more aware of when stress is ruling your mind—and then interrupt it and reconnect to a feeling of peace.
Be patient with yourself and keep at it until feeling aligned becomes your new normal, not stress.
It’s the most important thing on your to-do list on any given day, and you’ll be so much more creative, productive, kind, and effective because of it.
Lots of love,
P.S. Comment below and tell me what’s your favorite thing to do to feel aligned and reconnect to peace. I’d love to know!