Sometimes you realize it’s time to put things in perspective. And sometimes, through grace, it just happens for you, which was the case recently for me. As many of you may know, my beloved German Shorthair Pointer, Bella, crossed over the rainbow bridge last week, after a courageous battle with an inoperable tumor. I spent 9 ½ weeks focusing on Bella’s needs and not my own. She was all that mattered…
So this got me wondering; is easier really better? I have been considering that thought throughout the past week now that she is gone. Life is quieter and cleaner now. No morning wake up barks, or dribbling on the kitchen floor around the water bowl. No little white and brown hairs all over EVERYTHING. Having perspective changes how you see and experience everything! It can have a tremendous impact on your life.
Some ideas to help you get perspective:
- Focus on what is really important: Put your attention where it needs to go. Hone your prioritization skills and allow yourself to choose. Delegate to someone else, so you can put your focus where it is most critical. I let the house get messy (normally I am VERY tidy!), because all that mattered was that I was getting some food and water into this sweet soul who never asked to be ill and was shrinking before my eyes. My priorities shifted. Yours can too.
- Push those things that annoy you out of your mind: They are petty. They don’t matter. They are cluttering up your beautiful brain and keeping you from being who you are meant to be and from having the amazing life that is your right. Having the house spotless lost its significance. Nothing mattered but alleviating Bella’s discomfort.
- Give yourself permission to make choices and don’t beat yourself up: We make the best choices we can at that moment. Breathe in grace. Be kind and gentle with yourself. When the time came to make the difficult decision to allow Bella peace, I knew it was time and that it was the right thing to do, however heartbreaking.
My conclusion is that for me, easier isn’t better. Taking life in stride; serene and relaxed, is far better. Identifying and concentrating on what is truly important makes all the difference. Don’t let the little things pull you off course!
Make this the year you actually say NO to what you don’t want… and YES to what you DO want. Please share your questions and comments below. What worked? What tweaks did you add to make it yours? What questions do you have? I’d love to support you in any way that I can!
Ellen Thomas, founder of Your Transformation Coach, is passionately dedicated to helping people banish craving forever and reach their perfect weight. Her philosophy: Why wait? Every moment of your life has significance. Don’t waste another second not experiencing the true meaning in your life! A military spouse with an MBA in International Marketing, she is multilingual, an avid runner and loves to travel. She currently lives near Stuttgart, Germany with her husband Michael and canine running coach Bella. Learn about her Transformation Boot Camp here.