Relearning the lesson
Being single and childless at the time, I related to what Elizabeth was doing, especially because I was conscious of some negative patterns in my own life. But even then, I realized there was another way. You don’t have to abandon your life to gain clarity and break a cycle. You can reflect on your decisions right from the comfort of your own home, and change what isn’t working.
Fast forward a few years to when my boyfriend and his kids moved in. Even though I’m a coach and know what I should be doing for self-care, I started putting my own needs on the back burner. As a result, I found myself losing it over stupid things. The stress of people in my home, clutter crowding every corner and suddenly having to get dinner on the table every single night was overwhelming. There were moments where I would have been happy to just run away.
Thankfully, I didn’t run. Instead I got back to prioritizing my self-care. I realized that a major part of what was bothering me was all the clutter in the house. Luckily, that was something I had control over. When everybody moved in, the process had gone so quickly that some items never found a proper home and were just cluttering up the house (and my brain). We took the weekend to start clearing, arranging and organizing. Coincidentally, one of the things I found in my cleanup was my copy of Eat, Pray, Love.
It was important for me to get to the point of being so frustrated with the clutter that I needed to make a change. And it was through that change, that I rediscovered my copy of Eat, Pray, Love, and relearned some the lessons that went along with it.
We all know what we need to be happy. The thing is, we forget. So take the time to remind yourself of what you do have the power to change in your own life. And then figure out how to change it. It’s as complex and simple as that.