February 17th - Welcome to day 17 of the Myrrhmade Love Where You Are Challenge!
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Day 17: Dig Deeper.
"The only normal people are the one's you don't know very well." -Alfred Adler
There are also countless stories about people being given assignment to get to know someone they thought they hated but after digging deeper they turn into great friends.
Is there are part of where you are that could be cultivated better? What interesting historical nuggets can you find about your home or your neighborhood? Are there any bizarre laws from your county or your state?
I had a neighbor tell me that my property used to have a turkey farm on it. Gobble gobble!
Similar to finding what's great about where you are, learning more about your neighbors, your building, your property, your area, and other details can help you form a better connection to where you are and your community.
Another form of digging deeper is getting out from under our "I can't"s and our "I'm not good at"s. We are each far more resilient and capable than we allow ourselves to be.
We can dig deeper internally by picking ourselves up, dusting ourselves off, and trying again.
Daily Challenge: Dig a little deeper.
I read a quote about the current pandemic from a woman who's husband said "everyone needs more than anyone can give right now" and I feel that to my bones.
If you're feeling low, how can you dig a little deeper, tap into some reserve energy and go the extra mile to boost yourself back up?
Daily Mindset Mantra: I can do this.
Your brain is always listening. How you feel is made up of the thoughts you have and the pictures you make in your brain. As soon as we tell our brains "I can't" our brain is right there to prove us correct with all the data to back it up. On the other hand, if we tell ourselves "I can do this" it sets our brains off in a more helpful direction.
I may have cried a few times today. It's February and we're 11 months into lock down. Add in dad being overseas, freezing rain, active kids at each other's throats, and it turns out "they" were wrong: the mess does just keep getting worse.
As I was calming my own storm after a particularly savory moment, the topic of this post popped into my head. And so I did, I dug deeper.
I'd intended to have all of this post be about learning more about where you are. In my own digging deeper I learned that one of my neighbors has a Doctorate in Education and another has a Masters in Social Work. I also discovered that an adjacent property that I'd always assumed was built much later, was actually built the same year as mine.
Then today happened.
With days like today, I start trying to think of ways to simplify things and try to figure out what I can let go of in order to bring more ease into the situation. Every thing I could think of was one of the things just for myself that are my self-care and my sanity. Nope, self-care is an essential. Everything would be SO much worse without those.
So here I am, showing up, meeting my promises to myself, even on days when I have to dig deeper.
How about you? What's helping you get through these days?
Make sure to check back here tomorrow for the next challenge, the next tips, and the next dose of the Myrrhmade Love Where You Are Challenge.