This slogan has popped up for me a few times recently, and I have paused to actually consider it.
Easy does it. Do less than you think you SHOULD. Take time. Move slowly. Just be.
That should word always gets me. Who decides what I should do? If it isn’t me, why am I giving that power away? Do I really know what is best for me? Am I acting from a place of self awareness and compassion?
Recently I have considered changing my partial work schedule of 70% to full time. There is a potential for a promotion. I could get a better title, and perhaps some challenging work. In a moment of energy and excitement I mentioned I might be interested.
I feel very good. My days are interesting. I work at a job in my field and am a senior advisor. I spend time practicing yoga every day. I teach 3 or 4 classes a week. I still have time to walk my daughter to school a few days a week.
Am I slacking off, or living in the moment? My mindful, inner peace side says life is good. My old, type A overachiever side insisted i can do more.
Perhaps this is where easy does it applies. Do I take my current state of peace to mean I should (argh) do more just because I can? Am I not doing enough? And what if I can’t? Perhaps all that extra drive to do more, earn more or be seen as being more was what was destroying me before. Not perhaps. Definitely.
Finding balance isn’t easy. I’m inclined to fall back on my word for the year, faith. Faith that I am currently contributing my share to the world. Faith that I can be satisfied with what I am accomplishing without looking for external acknowledgement. Faith that my inner knowledge that I am content is enough.
No decisions need to be made today. But when I stop and ask myself, what would I tell another sober blogger to do, I know it would be easy does it. Enjoy every moment. Kind and gentle every time.
Stillness and peace