This past week I wondered what it was I could do to get out of my comfort zone. I loved sitting quietly in the early hours of the mornings and I enjoyed getting outside for 30 minutes each day. But I was still unsure what to do for this week. Then I decided to do something really outside my zone and to be present in the moment. I wanted to do one thing at a time and be totally focused while doing it.
I began by driving to work in silence. No NPR, no upbeat music, no audiobook and especially no cell phone calls. I tried this on Wednesday and two times I reached for the phone and caught myself before I made the call.
At work I was determined to work on one task only. Now, the trouble is my pc has 3 monitor screens. Yes, I feel like pilot sometimes so you can imagine the difficulty of staying on one task only. It’s as if I have a seafood buffet in front of me and I’m only allowed to eat one item.
Ok, so I focused on opening one program. Only.
Checking my email. Only.
Then there was a request in the mail to make some edits, so another program and file were opened.
Then the phone rang. I turned my attention to the issue on the phone but then I needed to open another file to assist the caller. By now, all 3 monitors were fully occupied with programs, files, documents and images.
It was very hard and I was unsuccessful.
That evening after hearing about the death of my friend, everything went out the window. I’ve learned that when I’m in crisis mode, I forget things. Like people’s names. And what I was doing. And who I was talking to.
So, after this phone call, my focus became very clear. No plans in my head. No phone calls, no multi-tasking. Nothing …except what was immediately in front of me mattered.
What I ended up doing instead was soaking in a hot tub and giving me permission to think and remember. I finally reached that space where I was totally in the moment.
It’s as if all those mini-challenges I set in January were preparing me for this time and place.
A new week is beginning and I am still thinking about my upcoming no comfort zone challenge. IN the meantime, thanks for reading, commenting, visiting my QR code and sending love my way.
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holding you in healing light during this week.
Allowing and being in the moment of realizing how difficult it IS to be in the moment…a tall order. We do what we can. We allow ourselves to be – even when it doesn’t look or feel ideal or what we might prefer. We are spirits with divine purpose – and humans with real earth lives.
Sending lots of love your way. xo
You are in my prayers as you go through this time of loss.
I am grateful for the reminder to step out of my comfort zone.
What a beautiful community of friends! Thanks for your love, concern and comments.
Here’s to a hopeful week!
I think you were wise to take time off from your life to just regroup. Taking care of ourselves is also something outside of most women’s comfort zones.
Thinking of you and others who are experiencing this loss. Peace.
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