A couple of nights ago after bath time for my three kids, a thought came to me about life that really applies to all of us and our priorities….go with me for a minute…read on!
My husband often works late, and so often it is just me getting the three kids ready for bed. Which I really enjoy…I’m being serious!! There is nothing like clean, fresh smelling kids, all dressed in their PJ’s, books, and bed. Well….that is when it does go THAT way…..
This night was a little different. As I was getting them out of the bath, drying them off, doing the PJ thing…they all broke down. You know how it is (well, if you have any kids, or been around any that are tired)…anything and everything has the potential of causing tears, fights, or just pure exhaustion.
So this night in particular, my 5 month old was overdue for her bottle and bed…crying. My 2 year old didn’t want the black towel, he wanted the blue towel…crying. My 4 year old was upset because I had frozen all of the bananas for my shakes, and she wanted a soft one…..crying.
Now, any other time, if they weren’t TIRED, these things probably wouldn’t have ended in a crying fit, but for this night…that is what happened.
So, here I am, all three kids crying, all upset about something very important to them. I am just one person, and so I had to help the child that was “screaming” the loudest. In other words, which child’s needs were the most pressing, urgent, and needed fulfilled the quickest? So…in the midst of the chaos, it got me thinking…
It is a lot like life. Who or what is screaming the loudest in our lives? What is calling for the most attention? What is the most pressing, urgent need in our lives? The reason this is important, is we tend to work to fulfill those needs first. We do this so as to quiet the screams and gain a sense of control in our lives once again!!
However, sometimes the thing that is screaming the loudest in our lives, is NOT always the thing that we need to focus on. Sometimes it is the thing that is just a soft “voice” in the background that is the one THING that can make a real difference in our lives if we will stop and give it some attention.
This can be applied in so many ways in our lives, but follow me on this point. I am going to take it in the direction of all 4 parts of our health and our own self-care.
The chaos of our lives can easily feel like loud screams every day. Work pressures, society expectations, personal obligations, how we look, what we say, busy schedules, you name it – all of these things are screaming for our time, attention, and focus. But, what about that soft voice in the back of our minds that says…”your health matters, you are important, take time to take care of yourself”? What do we do with that voice? Well, often times, we let the other screaming voices drown it out. But you know what I have learned over time?
If we continue to only satisfy and listen to the loud, urgent, pressing needs in our lives, we will never truly get to where we need or want to be in this life. What I mean is that if we don’t take time to work on our health: our spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health, then we will constantly feel like we are out of control. Our lives will feel chaotic, we will constantly be running and striving for more, more, more, and we will burn out.
We have to take the time to stop listening to what is screaming the most URGENT in our lives, and start listening to what is screaming the most VALUE in our lives.
I am right there with you. I struggle with remembering this every day. I struggle with taking care of all four parts of my health as I would like. However, I have acknowledged that it is a necessity in my life to do so. I have learned that I am my best self when I am remembering to take care of the things that will make me a better person. I have learned that I am worth that time and effort it takes to listen to that soft voice. Most of all I have learned that I can better serve others when I stop serving the loud voices I hear every day.
So, whatever is screaming at you in your life today, I challenge you to stop a minute, and also listen to the soft voice telling you to take care of your health. The voice that says, YOU are worth it, YOU have value, and YOU are important. Because listening to THAT voice is what will allow you to have the strength and confidence to face the loud screaming voices every day.
May you be blessed by reading this, and challenged to be the best you that you can be!
Founder P31 Fitness