Danielle Dowling is a writer, relationship coach, and all-around firecracker who works with impassioned, progressive women interested in creating authentically rich love lives and careers. Her blog is a beacon of positivity and inspiration, and will teach you how to sort out your self-talk and embrace your own creativity. I’m absolutely honored to have her guest posting today, especially as she’s addressing self-love and forgiveness during a time of year notorious for stress and strife. Read on!
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The universe responds to your diligence but it also responds to your joy. Consider when it’s time to pull back. And don’t confuse this with ‘letting go.’
“Easing up” is taking your foot off the gas. Just a tad. It’s 45 miles an hour, not 60. A 5K run instead of a 10K. Recognize when it’s time to loosen up and when it’s time to go harder.
Notice that voice that says:
“I don’t want to work so much today.”
“I need simplicity + quiet.”
“I need to hit the snooze button.”
At some point the relentless pushing will need to stop or at least be put on pause. Because there will always, always be more work to do, more improvements to make, more people to meet. And that won’t stop. Consider slowing down and letting progress +
contentment come to you.
Contrary what most of us believe, the world does not actually spins on its axis because of our own aggressive participation. What if we ceased participating so fiercely? We think if we slow down, progress will come to a stop. But have you tried?
Observe what happens.
Pulling back does not mean you will have to go without. Slowing down doesn’t mean you
have to expect less in return.
Traffic doesn’t screech to a halt.
Planes do not fall from the sky.
And friends and family are happy to wait an extra 24 hours to speak to you.
In fact, easing up may usher in the next wave of genius, spark, and deep breaths that preempt joy. And it just feels ‘effing good to take a break once in awhile.
Ease up on yourself, but don’t minimize your dreams. The cosmos will help you make your magic happen. So take a break. Make space for the seed of your efforts to bloom.
Know that the universe has your back on this one.
We all do.
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