Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
In our modern industrialized first-world, we are constantly bombarded with “responsibilities.”
The daily working hours.
Do the laundry.
Mail a wedding gift to your friend from college.
Take the dog for a walk.
Take your kid(s)… everywhere…
Filter through the daily 50-60 emails.
The problem with modern life is that its relentless. The list never ends, it will eat you up, and spit you out. SO HOW DO YOU FIX THIS PROBLEM?
You don’t. Are you kidding? One person against the entirety of modern culture? It is literally impossible. “Thanks, Calley, that’s encouraging.”
Yeah, I know it doesn’t sound very “enlightened.” But getting to your own personal version of enlightenment isn’t about perfection. It’s about dealing with reality healthily. So here’s another piece of reality: You can’t “fix” it. But you can put yourself in the power chair.
Step back. T a k e. T i m e. Breathe. Make a list. Do what you gotta do.
This really is the only way to make sure that YOU are in control of your life, instead of letting it – and all its responsibilities – control you. This is one of the many lessons yoga has taught me. (And continues to teach me.) The time for you, your health, your mat, and the things that make your heart and soul happy will not magically appear. You have to consciously decide to take time for these things.
And I’m grateful I reminded myself of this lesson this week: I’ve launched a company called Entertainment Jill (we’re breathing, we’re breathing…) and I’m also getting ready for a tour with HOLLY in November. On top of teaching yoga and a handful of music students. So when my friend Dave from college told me he was in town for the week playing a show at the Ordway, and we were trying to schedule a time to hang one day, I first called him and told him I didn’t think I could make it happen – spare time is nill and finances are tight.
And then I woke up and realized this guy was one of my staple friends in college and I haven’t seen him in six years, and here he is in my city. Was I really going to let “regular life” get in the way? Well, I could have. But I’m very, very, very glad that my inner yogi reminded me that life is short, and if we don’t make time for the people and things we love, we’re just left with a life full of stress.