There was a time, not all that long ago, when moving my body with any level of ease was a chore.
Strained effort, discomfort, and frustration were my daily companions as I navigated chronic flare-ups of pain that rotated between my hips, legs, lower back, shoulders, and neck.
My grandmother had suffered similar issues, as does my mother, so I had begun to resign myself to a future stymied with more of the same, chalking it up to the inevitability of my genetics with a shrug and a “Whatcha gonna do?”
Well, PLENTY, it turns out. There was plenty to do, I just needed a good, solid dose of perspective.
You know how sometimes words just stick with you?
The following quote has been a mantra of mine for almost 20 years now; it has guided me through dozens of address changes across five states and an ocean, two broken engagements (third time was the charm!) numerous job layoffs, as well as a cornucopia of other curveballs life has thrown my way.
“I beg you...to have #patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.
Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps then...you will live your way into the answer.”
-rainer maria rilke
So, how's your 2019 going?
We're right at that halfway point, which is always an interesting time to do a skosh of reflection.
Think about the kind of vision you had in place for your year when 2019 began, then have a moment of #realtalk with yourself.
Where are you at now?
Were you able to knock out all your goals like you’d originally intended, or were there unexpected twists and turns in your best-laid plans?
And more importantly than following a plan to the letter, were you able to grant yourself grace when you couldn't?