I remember as a child I felt this pressure to make it a priority to try to get to every opportunity there was. As an adult I was encouraged to take advantage of everything I could squeeze into my schedule or afford.
It makes sense, we want to take advantage of the opportunities presented to us and not waste them or undervalue what we are presented with. But taken to an extreme it can also have a detrimental effect.
At some point in my twenties, I realized that there would always be more things to see, more things to do, more things to learn, than I could ever possibly get to in my entire lifetime. Part of the reason we are not gifted in everything in life is so that we can know what things are meant for us. We have to be able to say no to some things in order to truly say yes to other things. If we say yes to everything…
I determined that I just had to trust that whatever I was supposed to see, or do, or know, I wouldn’t be able to get away from. If it was meant for me, and I missed it, it would come back around for me. This allowed me to practice contentment with what I was able to do each day, and still take care of myself, knowing that it was enough.
The beauty of contentment is knowing that I am enough and that each day is enough. This allows me to find happiness in the moment and to continue to pursue what brings me joy and delight.
On this trip, I have specific places and people I’ve wanted to see for some time and I am making it a priority to see them. But as I’ve announced my trip and plans I have had non-stop guidance from friends on all the things I MUST see and do along my way. I truly appreciate all the guidance and love, but I also realize that they may not understand that I am already content with the fact that even just on this trip there will be so many more things then I could could possibly get to in the time and space that I have. I trust that what I do see will be just exactly what I need to see.
I choose to find joy and delight in every day, in each new opportunity, in each beautiful sight I see, and each lovely person I get to interact with.
Much love and hugs!