Today I have been running around like crazy. I feel like I have a million things to do before June takes off – my craziest month of the year. And, this is my last day to do it all before I leave to go out of town for almost a week! Today specifically I’ve been battling what is Urgent v. what is Important, trying to prioritize the things that really matter. Sometimes that’s just really hard. There’s too much on my plate and not enough time to get them all done.
I was running on the greenway the other day, listening to Michael Hyatt‘s podcast (great running material!), and he said something that really stood out to me:
“You cannot simultaneously be grateful and frustrated.”
That hit me like a ton of bricks. I even stopped and recorded it on my phone. Yes, I am so grateful for my life, for my Lord, for my sweet husband, my business, my health… the list goes on and on. I even keep a gratitude journal, listing the things I’m thankful for each morning. BUT, I get frustrated easily. I get stressed easily. And when you really stop to think about it, those things don’t go together.
I asked myself, When I picture a grateful person, is he/she frustrated or peaceful?
So when I was riding around in my car today doing errands, I was really frustrated. I was trying to take care of some important things in my life (like notarizing our wills, for example), and a stack of urgent things were waiting for me on my desk and in my inbox. How could I possibly do it all? Then, I listened to this quote again. I took a deep breath, and I chose gratitude. I started focusing on all the good things that I had accomplished today, not the things I failed to do. I focused on the gifts that I do have, not the things I lack. And sure enough, my stress and frustration began to slip away. I sat up straight, took another deep breath, and decided to do my very best with what I had, and choose to be grateful for it.
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