May 2016 – Choosing Means – 13

Today’s card says: Sometimes you get to choose short term discomfort for long term gifts. some things take time and perseverance to pay off and sometimes it’s ok to choose just to rest. 

I think one of the saddest things about being in today’s world (and I think there are a lot of great things about being in this time and age) is that most of us don’t seem to have patience anymore. We want things to happen now. I am one of those people who have the ability to focus for long periods of time. I can sit and read a book from start to finish without getting up. I can work at my desk for hours on end.

Or I used to be able to.

Now I find that I have no patience. It’s not that I am distracted (though I am that too sometimes), it’s just that I have no patience. I don’t have the perseverance to stick with something, especially if I have a sense that it will take a long time to accomplish my goal. I don’t even have the patience for a 4-minute video if I don’t think it will be interesting. Or to read articles online, etc.

Let alone for the big things like exercise or learning a new skill. I just feel tired and I feel like sometimes it just all feels like too much. And I want to remind myself that sometimes it’s ok to choose the discomfort. The hard work that comes with choosing to grow, change, learn. And sometimes it’s ok to just take a time out. To rest. To relax. To just stop trying so much.

I try hard often and in many areas of my life. So, for me, the choice sometimes is about letting myself off the hook. Telling myself it’s ok to take a break and be ok with not constantly making it hard for myself.

But I also want to choose more patience. slowing down. choosing things that I know are worth the work and maybe changing the nature of the work so it doesn’t feel like work so much. Which, maybe, is a compromise.

Or maybe it’s another choice point.

Choosing Means is a Monthly Project for May 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

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