While I do love a good rendition of “YMCA” (if you know me, you know I LOVE dance cardio, specifically The Tracy Anderson Method), this post isn’t about the group The Village People, but more along the lines of The Village I surround myself with to help me “do life”.
I got this concept from my therapist and have literally run with it for years.
Whether it’s my therapist, my business advisor, or my Mom, I have a small, close-knit group that helps me navigate those uncharted waters of life that seem to throw me off course. I also have a “wisdom list” on my phone….when I have an issue & am feeling down, it helps me tremendously to pull out that list & know that I could call anyone on it at any time for advice, or just a chat to bring myself back to reality.
My opinion is that we’ve become so engrossed in other people’s lives, that we sometimes forget to protect the sanctity of our own. Social media is awesome! It’s informative, entertaining and over-the-top. But I love to cite Pastor Craig with LifeChurch.TV when he says that it does us no good to compare our daily life to someone else’s “highlight reel”.
OK, so I confess… I LOVE looking at Instagram….the feed its algorithm has created for me is full of fashion, cool videos and adorable animals. But, it can make me feel alot “less than” everyone on it, comparatively speaking. That’s when I know I need “my people” in my life.
Lately on Facebook, I’ve seen a story of a young woman who died at the age of 27, whose family posted a letter she wrote. It seems to have gone viral, and it seems to be serving as an incredibly powerful reminder to not take life for granted. If you haven’t read it, go do it now, HERE.
Closing my business was HARD, but folks, the main reason I did it was because frankly, I wasn’t able to spend enough time with My Village…My People…. My Family….My Sanity. Life is way too short to not be fully present and available for all those little pieces of life that we deserve to enjoy: making breakfast for my bonus-kids, watching The Crown on Netflix with my husband, driving to Stillwater to see my parents, or the simpler things like sending a text to a friend or meeting someone for lunch (I LOVE to go out to lunch! It’s probably one of my favorite things ever, and I will most certainly write a post on that for ya very soon!)
Those little things you do for others affect both parties, and I can promise you that you won’t regret making time for more of them as life starts passing by quicker and quicker.
Enjoy the present. Don’t worry about the past. Look forward, but don’t worry about the future.
“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers…but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” ~ Edmund Lee