As I said before, 2016 is a year of work, but I was silly to think that it only meant spiritual issues would be worked out. Many things have been moving forward at my job and home life as well. As we are getting closer to planting time, my gardens have needed protection from our 8 month old German Shepherd, which meant putting up new fencing. My work’s fiscal year end is March 30, so there are many projects that need help to wrap up before then. And I unfortunately have a hand made of helium sometimes. Also as it is getting to spring, my mind has turned to significant cleaning efforts in my house (having cats plus one big puppy makes for horribly dirty carpets). And last but not least, the fibromyalgia I have means I have to pace myself and sometimes rest instead of doing something I want to get finished.
Keeping all of this moving has taken a lot of effort. And it has also made me uncomfortable. And that is a very good thing.
Being uncomfortable while doing these tasks has meant that I have been pushed to the limit of my comfort zone. It means I am putting in extra effort, and because it is so uncomfortable for me, I am more mindful of the task at hand. I am learning new things, and accomplishing things that I didn’t think I could.
In the past weeks, I have also found that I am uncomfortable because of mental issues. Before the fibromyalgia hit me, I would push myself for hours to ensure I would get every task I had set for myself done in the time I allotted for it. Now, I find I consistently have to change my plans because of my pain levels. Yes, I might get to cleaning my office after work, but instead I might have to just sit on the couch and leave the office for another day. I have to accept that sometimes, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me feel. In that case, I take the feeling of being uncomfortable as a sign that I must change my thought and belief about what I can do. Perhaps I am still pushing myself too hard, and thus need to consider why I am doing that in the first place.
In many cases being uncomfortable means there is something that needs to change. Perhaps it is a thought or belief, like the one I have about pushing to get things done. But for some, that feeling of being uncomfortable might be about something that is just too hard for them to even consider, and thus causes anger. Over the weekend I read about a blow up between two pagan bloggers, one being so upset about the others beliefs that some pretty horrible things were posted in anger. The blogger has since apologized, however the words are now there in the internet eather, and I am certain there will be repercussions on both sides of the issue. Perhaps instead of posting horrible statements, the blogger should have recognized that the humanistic beliefs of the other we’re not wrong, but instead had made her uncomfortable. But instead, because they did not fit into the worldview, the blogger became angry instead. Perhaps the feeling of being uncomfortable was just too much to bear, I don’t know. But in cases like this, the feeling of being uncomfortable could be a clear sign of holding onto a belief too rigidly.
Life is meant to be lived. And because of that, it will make us uncomfortable. Physical, mental and spiritual accomplishments take effort. They take consideration of other view points as well as study and contemplation. As spring is starting, this is the perfect time for new endeavors. Just don’t expect for those new endeavors to come easily. The best things come to those who are willing to push themselves to be a little bit uncomfortable.
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