It’s been one of those weeks for me. And I know that when you face resistance, you have to discern whether you need to do something different, or whether it’s pushback from doing the right thing that you need to power through. It’s been a bit of both for me. Some places have called for different actions, and others have called for being plain old stubborn and refusing to back down. It’s mentally and physically exhausting, because I’ve had to be on guard in so many areas. Not much has flowed this week. A lot of it has been “get out and push.”
These times happen. Circumstances change, and people’s tendency to rush to a reaction instead of pausing to think for a minute to generate productive action can create a great deal of drama. What’s more, it’s unnecessary drama. It’s hard to keep cool when so many others are losing their heads, but somebody has to stay sane. Otherwise, you have a never ending cycle of anxiety induced neurosis that won’t go away until it literally exhausts itself, and nobody’s got time for that. At least, I don’t. I’ve worked too hard to get my life in order, and I’ll be darned if I’ll let unnecessary drama ruin my joy, or my day.
I think the hardest thing is to stand firm in doing the right thing. It’s always important, but challenging on days when the fight gets real. It’s tempting to take shortcuts, to run from problems, or to “lose it.” The key is to be self aware enough to know what’s going on in your head, and to take a proactive approach to it. For example, instead of going out to lunch to get junk food to escape the office and comfort myself, I made my lunch and took my laptop to work several days this week to work on my writing. That kept me on my diet and I did something I enjoyed during my lunch break, so I went back to the afternoon chaos less stressed and happier. And believe me, I’ve used my psychology degree a lot more this week than anybody would be comfortable with! Hey, it’s alright. Every challenge is one step closer to my next novel.
Tough times happen to us all, and what matters is that we stand. The fight has been valiant this week, but I’m standing firm, and everything has been done, despite it all. Take that, world. I win.
With that, I’ll bid you a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.