“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” -Rumi
Even the least observant among us can sense the days have grown much longer. With that it seems there’s only increased pressure to get more done. In the process of doing, what isn’t getting done? What is the one thing you need on a daily basis to be the best version of yourself? How often are you doing it?
Last week, caught up in the doings of a busy day I became increasingly irritable. I put on a good face and kept plugging away, but I was obviously impatient when I returned home at the end of the day. The pressure building all day long was released in unpleasant ways towards those I hold most dear.
You might be able to guess that it was a day spent without my practice. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does I struggle to find the patience and compassion to deal with it all. Our practice, no matter what it looks like, gives us more than just the ability to cope and tolerate, it inspires our soul! It reminds us of who we are, how we want to walk on this earth, speak to our brothers and sisters, and live this life. Our practice helps us shift from fear and lack, to gratitude and abundance, giving us the confidence to trust in ourselves and follow through with our unique purpose.
Life is too short to waste a single day. A single day slip-up can easily turn into a week-long funk, and then before we know it we’ve become a grumpy booger. That’s not good for anybody! Make the things that make your heart sing top priority, and do them daily. Together we can make the world a better place, and it starts with ourselves.