If you happen to follow my blog regularly, you have seen my tag line of “Eat well. Move well. Sleep well. Soar on.” The first three principles are self-explanatory mostly, but the fourth tends to have the most flexibility. For me, Thrive on means purpose and connection. These are the four principles I try to live by daily in order to maintain my health and wellness.
However, sometimes I get off track. It happens. Life happens. I forget. How did it happen?
I am not sure exactly, but it started with a change. Maybe it was my kids going back to school, maybe it was having my husband around less because of his job, or maybe it was simply the moon phases, I don’t know for certain. I do know, that it happens. Life often gives us changes when we least expect it or even when we DO expect it and it throws us off course. I was feeling a little more stress. I was eating a little more chocolate. I was moving a little less. I wasn’t sleeping as well. I was beginning to feel less connected. We all have our own personal struggles or shameful habits that have a tendency to slow us down.
So how do you get back on track?
As I was dragging myself around this weekend getting it all done, I decided to start somewhere. I wasn’t ready to give up the chocolate, but I will again soon. I was feeling a little lazy, so a big work out wasn’t in the cards this weekend, but that would happen as soon as I dropped the kids off at school on Monday. It wasn’t time to sleep yet, so I had to pick something else. I happened to choose connection to help me get back on track. I am trying to practice what I preach. I emphasize the word practice, because I am not perfect.
I tried to call a few of “my people.” I love “my people.” You know, the ones you can call on when you need them most? Unfortunately, they weren’t available. As I left a message for one of “my people” I looked out and saw three of “my little people.”
And just like that, there it was.
I needed to connect to the three little people I live with and care for. So we chose some coloring. I have never colored with the kids before. All four of us got our coloring pencils, Mandala coloring pages and listened to some soothing music and simply colored. We admired each other’s work and talked about our favorite color. We even shared our colored pencils with each other or sharpened each other’s pencils when it was needed.
Obviously, by the picture above, I haven’t finished. To be honest, I am never finished. I will always strive to find new ways to connect to my little people, because as we all grow together, things will inevitably change.
I am glad to have the flexibility to connect and find purpose in different ways so that even when it looks bleak, I will always be able to find connection and beauty. Like this photo of the wild sunflower that picked the middle of the dessert right at the edge of our driveway to bloom seemingly out of nothing.
Remove. Replace. Restore.
Replace with connection to the people and things in your environment. Often what you need the most is actually right in front of you, but only if you choose to look. Practice connecting.
Restore connections…Practice makes perfect. Rather, practice makes it better.
Eat well. Move well. Sleep well. Soar on.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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