What are we saying yes to? It's a question that I think we should continually be returning to. What am I allowing, or even inviting, into my life? Sure, there are times when circumstances are outside our control. But even in those moments, we have the ability to choose how we're going to react - what we're going to let in and what we're going to let out.
Because that's the thing - what we let in definitely affects what we let out. The more we say yes to stress or negativity or distraction, the more that we're going to put those things on the people around us. When we constantly feed into stressful jobs, because we feel like that work validates us, the more we're going to transfer that stress to the people around us. Distraction, disengagement, fatigue... I know these are all things that I'm so
guilty of allowing into my life. And sometimes, it's not the big stuff, like a job. Sometimes it's the disengagement of not looking Rion in the eye when he's talking to me because I'm scrolling Instagram. Sometimes it's the distraction of a to-do list that doesn't really need to be done. And maybe, it's saying yes to too much, and inviting in fatigue. When I get into these places, and these emotions, they can swallow me up like a wave and then they pass on to whoever is near me. It's almost as if these emotions aren't simply contained. They enter in and then they reverberate out - they're contagious.
And I'd venture a guess that the majority of us want our joy, our peace, and our positivity to feel contagious. Not our stress and anxiety.
So what are we saying yes to? And how do we say yes to more of the things that we want to reverberate?
There are probably a lot of ways to do that, but I think one way is to start at home. Cultivate that peace, create that joy, at home. When we have a space that makes us feel rested, that inspires our minds, and brings peace to our hearts - then we have a space that empowers us to bring peace and rest into other people's lives. We have an opportunity to start and end our day in a place that recharges us so that we can recharge others.
For me, nature buoys my heart and calms my mind. When I'm in the woods, my step is lighter and so is my soul. I want my space at home to mirror those spaces that bring me so much joy. I want to say yes to the wild spaces.
What recharges you? What do you want to say yes to?
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