I started off 2015 with a very sound routine. I would wake up early, use my prayer beads to meditate and pray, listen to NPR or a podcast and absorb some new information. Then I would do a quick social media scan and start my day. When I started my mornings this way, my life and day seemed to go a lot better. I was balanced and focused on the task ahead. I found a morning ritual that would work for me and I loved it.
When I started this routine, I did not have my son here at the time. It was very easy to do when I was alone, but once I brought him home I slept less, woke up later, and could never find a rhythm. I did not try hard enough to get back focused and disciplined, so my ritual fell to the wayside. I allowed myself to be swept away from the very thing I knew that I needed, a morning ritual. Discipline. Structure. Consistency. As I started to get off kilter, things at work began to also veer far from where I wanted it to be and I could barely handle it. My patient care never suffered, but my professional interpersonal relationships did.
I usually voice my opinion face to face and allow the other person an opportunity to reconcile at that moment, but this particular time I decided to send an email in the heat of my fury and waged war on a few people. This very direct discussion spread quickly to those who were not directly involved, and a phone call was made to me that solidified my desires to part ways with this company. Although I made the decision to find employment elsewhere, I did not let go of how that person made me feel. I carried that weight around with me, and that on top of recurring issues in the workplace shifted my energy negatively.
I have not been centered since receiving that phone call. The unbalanced way in which I operated meant that I was easily thrown off even when I thought I was prepared for battle. Small issues became major issues because my vision was skewed towards this negative energy that I allowed into my life. I never released that moment to then reflect, grow, or correct the other party involved. I received the negativity and held on to it for too long.
I was so focused on that moment that I could not see the bigger picture. I had to be forced by God to take a step back and understand that our ways are not His ways and our thoughts are not His thoughts. Although I thought I was going to be in a place for a longer season, He has a plan that is greater than the eye can see. I am able to be so open and reflective, because God is not allowing me to wallow in my mess but forcing me to go through it and step out of it without any traces of residue or damage to who I am and where I am going.
This was simply a pit stop to a higher place, but I almost missed out on my blessing because my energy was jacked up. I was walking along the balance beam and faltering, but I never got off. When life has hit me time and again, I have stumbled, fallen, and been hurt in the process, but I never got off. The road to success is not wide, it is not straight, and it is not easy. You have to believe that everything will work together for your good.
I know that everything is working together because in a matter of days I have been blessed beyond anything I could have ever asked for or imagined. You have to walk along your own path, centered and balanced as you move towards your goal. Your energy is what attracts your blessing. Never allow a moment or man to shift your energy so far that you are off balanced and distracted from your path ahead.
Stay focused. Be grateful. Positive energy. Balanced. Be you. Do you. Tell your own story. On your own terms.