Lately I’ve been feeling like I always have to feel, or do, or want/need something. I sometimes lose myself on other blogs, reading about people either very happy about their lives, or trying to find balance, or feeling like they lost themselves somewhere, or that they are not enough in some way. In some cases, this may mean trying to grow their business so they can feel successful. Or in other cases, this may mean trying to SLOW down and not be so ‘busy’ all the time.
Reading all of these perspectives made me wonder what I needed to worry about. How am I feeling lately? What do I need to work on? Do I need to slow down? Or do I need to do more of something else to FEEL more of something else? And then when my mind was still, it struck me that I don’t HAVE TO feel a certain way or be worried about something. Unfortunately we live in a time where ‘being still’ has just disappeared. We constantly feel the need to be DOING something or FEELING something or CORRECTING something or ACHIEVING something. What happened to good old doing nothing sometimes? What happened to being still and knowing that you are doing enough, and that you ARE enough?
The point is, we have to CHOOSE to be still, and we have to CHOOSE to know that we are enough. Because otherwise this fast-paced world that has no MARGIN (great book!) left will just eat up our lives before we know it. Truth be told, I have only lived in the United States for about 12 years now – I’m originally from Bombay, India. And I’m increasingly feeling that in this extremely advanced country that has so many modern conveniences to offer, so many places to shop, so many places to be entertained, so many places to eat at – we are constantly under pressure to be DOING something.
What are we doing this weekend? What will the kids do? How many after-school activities shall we sign them up for this year? But is that enough? Are these questions you frequently
find yourself asking or answering? Why? Why can’t our kids do nothing sometimes? Why, as parents, do we feel that we are responsible for filling each minute of each day with an activity? If we do that, when will THEY learn to be still? How will they learn it is OKAY to do nothing sometimes and still be enough.
These thoughts are what prompted a very simple design for the art print you see here. I have it in my office as a reminder that I don’t always have to be proving myself. I AM enough and I do enough. You ARE enough too.