As I sit in my office trying to cross things off my to-do list, a sad effort to "get ahead" of the week, I am reminded yet again of the importance of patience, rest, and timing.
This collective slow down we are embarking on has left a lot of us scratching our heads at the thought of "what's next." I am knee-deep in business plans and content calendars trying to "stay relevant" and prepared for what is to come. The reality is, I don't know now any more than I did before this mandated quarantine. The only reason I am so interested now is that the playing field leveled and collectively, we are in this together. Sure certain factors come into play, but for the first time in a long time, you and I aren't so different.
The problem with uncertain times is that they often make us turn into the ugliest versions of ourselves. They shine a direct beam on the patterns, cycles, and behaviors that make or break us. My inner critic has been incredibly mean and particularly cruel, which always makes me act like I did when I was a child. These are our lessons, friends. These moments where we are unkind to ourselves show us what needs attention.
Patience has shown up repeatedly for all of us recently. I think we've all grown accustomed to the immediate gratification that is readily available at our fingertips. The entitlement to rapid delivery, gratification, and response are alarming when looking at it. How many times does your inner voice go crazy when someone doesn't respond to a text or email right away? The thoughts one can think when idle is astounding. We must practice patience and rest in the faith that what is for us will come in perfect timing. Sure it sounds like I handpicked some keywords from the Bible and dropped them in, but it is true. Any good and noble thing comes from patience. You'll find that reigns true in the Bible, the Qur'an, and a personal favorite, "Llama Llama Red Pajama." Like Baby Llama, just in time, Mama will return to set things right. Be patient with yourself and with others. Your timing might not be their timing, and more importantly, your timing is NEVER when you want it. Rest in the certainty that when you put your best feet forward, what's for you will find you. You can't control that sort of thing.
So take a nap, take a break, take an extra lap - whatever it is that you need to do to be kind to yourself and others, I encourage you to do more of that.