Flow. Oh, how I desire for my life to ebb and flow naturally like the tide. Speaking of the word FLOW, it was the first word for both of our children. Only we spelled it F – L – O, for it was the name of their first dog, our beloved Florence Irene. There I go getting distracted from the main point. Focus, Jenny, Focus. Let’s dive into living in the rhythm and flow of life.
Do you have a gnawing within your soul for life to flow more easily than perhaps it is currently flowing? Do you too, have a long, full agenda in your mind and at the end of each day you feel like none of those things got checked off the list?
I imagine you are holding many responsibilities and juggling many roles. Like you, I wear many hats and in this balancing act of raising a family, running my own business, and living this life, there is an ease and natural flow to my day only when I have clarity about my priorities. Otherwise, it is like the beginning of this blog, and I get pulled into a new idea, attracted by the shiny red ball, totally distracted from my agenda. As I learn to let go of how and when things happen while staying committed to my priorities I discover a natural flow I couldn’t have planned on my own.
If your DAILY aim, and yes, I recommend breaking it down to ONE DAY AT A TIME, is to live in harmony while feeling accomplished, the first thing I invite you to do is to let go of what you don’t have any control over. You CANNOT control what happens, but you CAN control your response to what happens. And this makes all the difference contributing to a natural rhythm of your day.
Your second invitation is to get clear on your daily priorities. You can do this by asking yourself, “What MUST get done today?” Be realistic. Allow space between your to do list items. Please, please, PLEASE, be sure to add a desire on your list, that thing that gives you joy. You must create space for the part of you that longs to dance, play, laugh, relax, be filled up with what makes you smile. (Trust me, this contributes to the flow of life.)
When you are clear about your priorities, leave space for life to happen and let go of what you can’t control, the circle of life flows naturally, without you forcing it.
When the dog barks and it isn’t on your daily agenda, give thanks for the interruption, and consider it another invitation. An invitation to breathe. In and out like the tide.
Hello! I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Coach for your Life and Spirit. I have been leading retreats for women and coaching them since 2009. One of my favorite ways to fill my own cup is by writing. May my weekly blog give you a sip to reflect, a nugget to chew, a thought to refill. If it is an accountability partner you seek, I offer life and spiritual coaching for women, men, teenagers, and couples, in person in Seattle and by phone. 2017 Mini-retreats in West Seattle 9:30 – 2: June 2 (sold out), September 15 (4 seats left). Limited availability, register early. firstname.lastname@example.org or 206 255 0463.