In the Flow with Healing Waters
Perseverance in reaching your goal
There are things in life that can feel overwhelming, challenging, and difficult. No doubt we all have had this experience at some time in our life. I believe it is during these times that we have the opportunity for growth. It is these times we get to dig a little deeper and figure out what path we are going to take, and also what it’s going to take to get there.
There are other times in our lives when everything is going along just as we planned. Little stress, people in our lives are happy, relationships are going well, work is good, no health problems, we lost some extra pounds, finances are in order, the car is running well, laundry is done, house is clean, and we feel in balance.
Recently I finished a 3 year journey to becoming an Acu-Energetics Practitioner. There were times along the way that I thought, why am I putting myself through this at my age? Now that I have completed all my requirements, I have been reflecting back on what it took to get here. Then I started thinking about other challenging, overwhelming, and difficult times of my life. What was the lesson I learned? Would I have done things differently if I had the chance? Was it worth the time and effort?
When I was 21 my Mother, at age 45, had a massive stroke that forever changed our family. She lived to the age of 84. During those years we all learned so many valuable lessons from her. Patience, understanding, how to deal with frustration, how to laugh at yourself, how to push on even when it feels overwhelming, challenging, and difficult, and so much more.
When I was 36 years old, I found myself divorced with 2 children. At the time I was working at a hospital as an LPN. I knew I had to do something to earn more money. I decided to go back to school to earn an RN degree. I worked full time and took night classes to get all my general credits done. The nursing courses were in the morning so when I got to that point, I would go to work at 6am, leave to go to my classes and then come back to work. If I was gone 2 hours I made that time up at the end of the day. I was very grateful to my employer for allowing me that privilege. So I worked all day, studied at night and weekends, took care of my 2 children, managed all the household responsibilities etc. etc. I got to take the opportunity to practice the many lessons I learned from my Mother, as I was often feeling overwhelmed, challenged, and found my life to be difficult during those years. Looking back at what my Nursing career allowed me to accomplish, it was well worth all my effort.
When I was introduced to Acu-Energetics it was not my intention to become a Practitioner. I took the first 2 levels of classes. I still had no intention of being a Practitioner. Some time passed and there was an opportunity to take level 3 and 4. I can’t really explain why I decided to take that class. It just felt like the right thing to do. From the time I took my first class until now it has been a 5 year journey. There were countless times that I felt extremely overwhelmed, challenged to the max, and thought “this is so difficult.” You see, I just turned 71. Learning something new, comprehending, and remembering wasn’t easy for me at this age. As I said before, I would ask myself “why am I putting myself through this at my age?” Now that I am on this side of it all I will say with no reservation it was so worth every minute of it. I took the lessons I learned when I was 36 and what it took to go back to school and I got to use those lessons and tools in this journey. The knowledge I have gained studying AcuEnergetics regarding the body and health has tremendous value.
There are lessons we get to learn in life. Oftentimes the most valuable in my opinion are learned through the tough times. What are the things or events in your life that have felt overwhelming, challenging, and difficult for you? What were the life lessons you got to learn from them? Are there positive lessons that still benefit you today?
If you are in a season of your life right now that is overwhelming, challenging, or difficult, how are you taking care of yourself? Where are you putting your attention? What path do you have your sights on? What are you willing to do to obtain the outcome you are looking for? Are you willing to dig deep to achieve whatever it is you want? Are you willing to stop comparing yourself to others?
We need to be careful about how we think about what we want. Fear can paralyze us. Fear of failure, not being smart enough, not being good enough. I don’t have enough time. It’s too expensive. I’m not strong enough. What if……………………………..Blah blah blah. Start by believing in yourself.
I talked to someone today who said, “Guess what I’m doing?” I asked “What?” They told me they were reading a book, something they had not done since high school, which was 27 years ago. They said, “I am a slow reader. It took me an hour to read a chapter.” Accomplishments don’t have to be huge big projects.
I have a friend who recently decided to take a rather large shelf down that was attached to the wall in her house. I would have never attempted it on my own. I know it was a challenge for her and it was difficult for her to do alone. The next day I stopped to see her and she was so proud to show me she accomplished the project on her own. She set a goal, figured out how she could accomplish it, and then she did it.
Overcoming challenges, obstacles, and difficulties does not always come easy. Deciding what it is you want, setting your goal, and putting your attention on what will lead you to your goals and desires is a good place to start.
As for me right now I am enjoying some free time from all the studying.
Enjoying life in the Flow,