Did I lose a bunch of you all on this challenge? It’s okay, you can be honest. I think I lost even myself for quite a few days for this one but not because it was hard to do, to stretch, but because IT’S BORING. Seriously, stretching is totally boring. Even though I KNOW it’s good for me and truly does help me feel better, sleep better, slow down, think more clearly, etc. etc. etc. I know that stretching, especially when done consistently, is a good thing for my mind, body, and soul. Those things have been proven over and over again, but you know? Until I’m about 10 minutes into it, I just have no desire at ALL to be doing it. I’m so used to go-go-going all day that when I force myself to slow down for 30 minutes to do something I know is good for myself, it’s really tough.
I want all the benefits stretching & quiet time can bring but I just don’t want to do the work to get there, because it’s not fun.
(There. I said it.) And there you go- that’s my problem.
I think sometimes – when we really want something, when we really crave something – we secretly hope it will just happen. We pray for patience and hope that God will just BAM- give us patience. We pray for more time in the day to get either more things done or to just have that time to relax – and we hope that BAM- there will magically be more hours in the day. I’ve been there – I have prayed for these things and secretly hoped God would just make them so, but we all know it’s not how it works. Instead, we pray for patience and He gives us a situation or opportunity in which we can CHOOSE to practice patience. We pray for more time in which to relax or get certain things done and He gives us the opportunity in which we can CHOOSE to reprioritize our time and tasks. Are you noticing something here? We have the power to CHOOSE the things we want in our lives. This doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy – in fact, I’m willing to bet that 99% of the time, making those choices – in the beginning – is going to be freaking hard. (Or it might be really boring and not what we’re used to.) But then after awhile, once we’ve made that new choice over and over and over again – it becomes a new habit that we are now familiar with and yes- we are granted the change we have been craving, whether it’s more patience, fewer restless nights, pants that don’t fit so tight, or more time to do whatever we’ve been wanting to do.
This isn’t to say I didn’t attempt this challenge at all – there were many days I forced myself to the floor to stretch, even when I didn’t feel like it. Even when I had a million things to do. Even when I told myself that my body felt totally stretched- I must have don’t it in my sleep! I can skip it today! 😉 Each time I took the time – made the time – to stretch, I began to realize that I was honoring a deeper part of myself. I was taking care of myself and I was choosing to work to help myself.
Stretching really helped me center my thoughts; helped me come back down to earth – especially on those busy days. No, it didn’t just happen as soon as I made the decision to get on the floor and stretch… it usually took the entire 10 minutes of me stretching before I felt the stress fade away and my mind calm, but it did happen. And not only was I sleeping better at night, but my mornings and days seemed to run more smoothly too.
This month’s challenge may not have been totally fun or life-changing for you (it wasn’t for me) but it did remind me that yes, I have the power to choose the things I want for myself in my life. The quote I tied to this challenge was “do it with passion or not at all” and I swear, that quote came back to haunt me about halfway through the month. I realized that even though I was working really hard, I’d lost some of the passion I’d once had for important things in my life… and that it was definitely time to bring that back. This month’s challenge was a nice little kick in the rear… one I clearly needed.
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