Fulfilled or just Full?
This question has been bumping up against me this week. I can see the difference and I can see that I have been mostly just full lately. See, it's easy to be busy, we all have many things to do and many people who want things from us, ALL THE TIME! And I have been focusing most of my time and energy of taking care of others and myself on a basic needs level lately(it's easy to do when you have 2 children under 3). I realized that I have been saying no to activities that would fulfill me, rather than just filling my schedule, pretty much ever since I became pregnant with my 7 month old daughter.
BUT, this week, I felt an opening in my heart (it always feels like a tingle in my back right behind my heart), and I could see a shift in my thinking and behavior.
I said yes to more things that left me feeling fulfilled, content, inspired, and happy. AND, GET THIS... even though I had more activities this week, I also felt more energized and alive. I actually had more energy and was able to do much more simply by shifting my focus to activities that leave me feeling fulfilled; and all the not-so-fulfilling stuff got done as well with less effort. More inspired ideas came to me of even more things I could do. I was also more patient with my children, I found that I could go with the flow more easily, as opposed to feeling desperate for nap time.
So, for me, this looked like a shift away from just focussing on basic necessities and childcare to what I really love, my writing and designing mandalas, enjoying nature and friends and even including my kids in it. For you it may look different, maybe a shift away from mundane work responsibilities to the more fulfilling part of you work? Whatever it looks like, the essence is the same. Making the shift in focus toward more fulfilling activities and thoughts can bring a happier, more peaceful, more fulfilled life (or week).