‘I want this’ is the prompt for ‘Life this Week’ with Denyse Whelan. So I’m sitting at my computer thinking about what I want in particular and quite frankly, I’ve drawn a blank. However, if you keep reading you will see that I did discover one thing I want.
I have the obvious desires such as:-
- being surrounded by my loving family and friends,
- good health and fitness to enable me to keep active
- spending quality time with my husband,
- exploring the world through travel
- people to show each other love, kindness and compassion
- being a role model for my children and grandchildren
- and generally enjoying life.
I’m sure you would probably all have some of these on your list of what you would want in life.
I’m also so grateful and feel extremely lucky that I have all of my desires in abundance.
What I want and letting go of what I don’t want in my life
Deciding what we want or desire is much easier than letting go of what we don’t want in our lives. Letting go takes courage.
So in this post, I’ve decided that my main desire at the moment is to find BALANCE in my life and that means letting go of what I don’t want in order to achieve this balance.
Balance was my word for 2016 and despite knowing what I need to do to find it, it still escapes me, two years later. Perhaps I will always be a WIP in this area but I can at least start making some changes to improve life and bring some equilibrium back.
I recently returned from a two week cruise of Japan and many of you would have read my post I’m back – 4 personal learnings from my trip to Japan.
During my break, I had time to experience the Japanese culture, but I also had time to reflect on where I am and what I want in life.
There isn’t too much I need to change however, I’ve identified some habits and thoughts that I do need to let go of. I’ve written about them before and I’m very good at giving advice, but not so good at taking my own advice!
I want to find balance by:
- Removing the self-imposed pressure and as a friend, Jo Castro from Lifestyle Fifty recently commented, ‘taking the foot off the pedal’ occasionally. I’ve started this with my break and want to continue feeling relaxed and positive.
- Taking my own advice and saying ‘no’ when I need to, without feeling guilty. For someone who likes to do things for others this can be difficult.
- Keeping my dreams alive and working towards my goals, but not being too concerned if they don’t happen overnight. Accepting that life can sometimes mean changing our plans but that change can be an opportunity rather than a negative.
What I have to let go of isn’t earth shattering but any change can bring challenges.
As I was reflecting, I remembered a post I had previously written for an AtoZ Challenge – ‘L’ is for Letting Go – Why you need to let go and accept before you can move forward.
In that post, I wrote about 6 benefits of being able to let go, accept and move forward. One of the most important benefits is the feeling that the load has been lifted when you finally let go. It can be so liberating.
Do you need to let go of something to get what you want? I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you would approach letting go.
Letting go doesn’t mean giving up, but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be