Finally sat down to write this baby out! These past few weeks have been stressful with a capital S and I have done a horrible job of trusting through the tough times. It always tends to happen like that doesn’t it? Before you know it your planner to-do list combined with your outlook calendar can’t help but steal your peace of mind and you find yourself unable to abandon feelings of being overwhelmed! Then the feelings/circumstances pass and I always ask myself why I freaked out when everything turns out fine. Every. Single. Time.
So what do we do about this? How do we come up with a solution?
Recently when hearing the messages at church it seems that they have been hand crafted just for me (Love when that happens). Our recent message was about One Thing Focus. To expand on this it simply means when we are only focused on God (and I mean truly focused) all of our anxiety, fear, worry melt away. When we focus on the one who holds the whole world in his hands he will naturally let everything else fall into place. I took it also in the context of work focusing on one thing at a time will reduce stress and increase productivity and efficiency. So on top of the truth of One Thing Focus the message also touched on a Not To Do list. I had personally never thought of this before. I am a type A to-do list writing girl and I had never thought of a Not To Do list! Below is the example of the one I received at church and it could not have hit home more if it tried.
Not To Do List:
Worrying about things I cant control
Trying to please everyone
Wasting time with negative people
Complaining and grumbling
Trying to do everything perfectly
Talking more than listening
Putting off a decision that needs to be made
Avoiding that person I need to have a conversation with
After hearing this message I had to get my priorities back in check and realize that no matter how much stress fosters from work or financial problems that is not what is important in life. Sometimes putting things into perspective helps. If you only had one day left to live you would not let work stress you out or the want for more success/money get to you. You would most likely only care about how you loved the people in your life. See the things of this world will stay in this world so since they are minuscule in the grand scheme of things they should not have the power to rob you of your happiness! A quote that Matt also loves to remind me about is the 5×5 rule “If it’s not going to matter in five years, don’t spend more than five minutes upset/worrying about it”. Such a great reminder!
My brother came home from work and told us of a poem one of his co workers had up at her desk. I thought it was so beautiful I had to include it in this post. I’ll end the post with this 🙂
May today I find peace within
May I trust my highest power that I am exactly where I’m meant to be
May I not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith
May I use those gifts that I have received, and pass on the love that has been given to me
May I be content knowing I am a child of God
May this presence settle into my bones and allow my soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and Love
Let nothing upset you
Let nothing startle you
All things pass
Yet God does not change
Patience wins all that it seeks
Whoever has God lacks nothing
God alone is enough
Thank you all for taking time out of your day to read my little piece of the web. I appreciate it more than you all know! I hope this helped with feelings of stress, worry and fear! Please feel free to always reach out/comment if you have any questions or just want to chat! 🙂