What’s right, right now?

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in Creativity,Happiness,Personal Growth

You may have noticed that I’ve been conspicuously absent. No blog posts, tweets, or Facebook updates. In fact, I’ve only responded to the most urgent of emails.

I’d love to tell you that I’ve been on a creative sabbatical or cooking up fabulous ideas or off on a great adventure.

But I haven’t.

Call it Mercury retrograde, Murphy’s Law, or just plain old life, but I haven’t had the space or the energy to do anything on my own behalf. Outside circumstances have dictated my reality. Each day has been an effort just to get the basics accomplished.

For a while, I wallowed in guilt.

I should be able to get something more done, shouldn’t I?? Perhaps I could get up at 4:00am instead of 5:00am. Maybe I could dictate a few things while driving in the car. Or scribble a few notes while preparing dinner.

Or not.

(Sleep and avoidance of accidents are high on my priority list.)

Then I fell into frustration.

This doesn’t have to be so hard, I thought. Couldn’t anyone see that I needed a little help here? Couldn’t I have an hour just to relax or create?

No.

(Now and then things are hard.)

Then I marinated in a stew of negativity.

Why me, I asked. Why was this happening, I wondered. Why? Why? Why?

Because.

(Sometimes, that’s just the way it is.)

I stayed in this cranky-pants place until I remembered to ask myself a very important question.

What’s right, right now?

In other words, what was working well for me right now? What could I appreciate right now? What could I be happy about right now, regardless of outside circumstances?

I stepped into that question and found… The sight of white camellia blossoms framed by cedar branches. The tantalizing aroma of peanut butter cookies. The silhouette of the moon captured by clouds in the morning sky. The feel of a brisk walk. A hug from my child. Enough money to do what I needed to do. A family that loves me. Friends I adore. A community that matters.

I came out re-energized.

We all experience less-than-perfect times. Focusing on what’s right – in the present moment – shifts your perspective and changes your mood.

If you can paint vibrant, detailed pictures of what’s working well for you right now, you can weather the tough, gritty parts of life and create a wave of energy to carry you to better times – earlier and more often.

Suddenly, things don’t look or feel nearly so bad, do they?

Energize your life with what’s right, right now.

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Ronna April 13, 2012 at

Love. Love. Love. This.
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Andrea Olson April 15, 2012 at

Thank you, my friend!

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Nikki April 13, 2012 at

Andrea, you’re not alone in this. As I’m sure you can imagine, life is insane for me right now. Things are taking off, but keeping up is involving every minute of every day. I’ve learned to let go of the guilt when I take some time for myself. Even if it’s to do something small like share a meal with my man. And things will be done that will be done. By hook or by crook, by the power of Andrea. (And boy, is she powerful.)
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Andrea Olson April 15, 2012 at

Nikki, I am so glad that things are taking off for you and am thrilled that you are remembering to take time to care for what really matters. I appreciate you!

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Lorrie Jones April 13, 2012 at

How did I miss this post? I am saying (and feeling) a giant “ahhh…” Someone whom I adore and admire has THOSE times too. Thank you, Andrea, for your honesty and openess. What you shared has healed a spot in me – that spot that comes up more often than I’d like – that feels less than peaceful, calm and centered (to say the least!). You have reminded me so beautifully that nothing is as bright as the yellow daffodils blooming right now…that the anticipation of seeing my grandchildren soon is luscious…and my imperfect life (and self) is rich with love, compassion and dear friends. Thank you for being you and for saying what you have said. Somehow I feel more ok being ‘me’ right now and that is a magnificent gift.

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Andrea Olson April 15, 2012 at

Many, many thanks, Lorrie. Your heartfelt words are a balm – soothing and beautiful in their acknowledgement that right now is the right place to be.

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Sandi Amorim April 15, 2012 at

I have days when I’ve asked “What’s right, right now?” and come up blank. Feels bizarre to admit that publicly given what I do for a living, but it’s true. Blank, not grateful, resistant, wishing like the ostrich, that I could hide my head in the sand. What did you call it…a stew of negativity. Not a meal I enjoy and yet I go there sometimes.

Until I remember that nothing lasts forever, and like a storm the negativity will blow over and calm will return.
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