My week is looking a little different than I planned. Honestly, I am feeling a little in “a funk” or “a fog” or “in a pit”. And I really don’t like feeling like this – kind of solemn, kind of sad, kind of overwhelmed, kind of empty…
This blog has been a life changer for me – I look at life so differently than I have in the past. I truly want to make positive changes that I have always talked about doing before. I find myself really listening to little cues going on around me that one day I would have swept under the rug and dealt with later (or never). I am so excited about some of the things I am envisioning for my life (and my family). Amazed at some of the things I have taken care quickly and overcome procrastination in many areas.
However, I still find myself in some pits: * dwelling on things and not taking care of them either because I don’t know how to OR I don’t want to OR procrastination (unfortunately is still a bigger part of me than I want!). * projects that I want to do but time constraints exist – but some are my own “time constraints” that I have created – probably to avoid doing them * lack of vision of how to move forward * lack of perspective of the real pits / problems – what I perceive to be the issue may not really be what is going on (ex: when I have a disagreement with someone the argument is not usually the real problem, it is all the root issues that grew into that).
The thing about a pit – I can either STAY IN the pit or I can GET OUT of the pit. The choice is MINE!!! Even if the pit is what someone else is doing to me – I have to assume responsibility for my piece of the problem, my reaction to the problem, and how I can change my reaction to the problem. I choose to PREPARE to GET OUT of the PIT. There is too much of life to live to be bogged down and stuck in a pit. Especially the pits that are truly small – but by staying there they appear and feel larger than they are in reality. My pits are mine – they will not go away by themselves. I have to accept ownership, responsibility, and eradicate them! So how do I get out – RETREAT
When I looked up retreat on Webster online – it is so fitting.
* an act or process of withdrawing especially from what is difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable – PITS can be difficult and dangerous depending on what the pit is. Maybe I will be brave soon and reveal my person pits on paper in my blog. Maybe as I face them and get out of them, I will feel more comfortable to share the pit and the process to get out of it.
* a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction – this is the time for me with withdrawal from “routine” to focus on my pits. I am sure prayer, study, instruction, and meditation will definitely be involved!
So time for R-E-T-R-E-A-T
- Recognize the pits
- Establish a plan to get out of each pit
- Take on the small / easy pits first – prioritize what they are
- Reach out for assistance – for the rope my friends / family hold out for me
- Establish a VISION of what I want life to look like and what will replace the pits
- Allow myself a realistic timeframe. I didn’t fall in the PIT overnight
- Tackle things in the future BEFORE the pit exists!
I feel better already! Some great ideas and thoughts going on in my heart and head! The power of writing for me is amazing. There is a day I would have just thought and thought and dwelled in the pit. By putting it on paper and posting on the blog. It makes it more realistic and I feel more accountable to myself and to my “audience” of blog followers!
I look forward to my RETREAT! I am PREPARED not just for the PITS but to get OUT OF THE PITS!!!
Psalm 40:2 NIV: “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”