A Mishmash

I have a few things floating around in my brain that I want to get out, here today, at 526 days sober. I have been doing some thinking and a lot of obsessing. Some good, some bad. Such is life, but I am hoping for a breakthrough of some sort soon. I think writing here, in this lovely space, will help that happen. So I have a mishmash of a post here today. I need to clear my brain and let it all go. Thanks in advance for braving through it with me.

I enjoyed reading all the special words chosen for 2015. I have decided, quite late to the party, that my word for the year is inspiration. It keeps hitting me in different ways the more I think about it, which I love. I think it something that could be a lot more present in my life. I sometimes feel that life is meaningless, but when I choose inspiration I don’t feel that way. I feel a spark light up inside of me. Inspiration doesn’t just magically strike, at least not always; it needs to be sought out and given room to grow. So choosing this word means spending more time seeking inspiration in my everyday life. It also means trying my best to be an inspiration to others (humbly, oh so humbly) by living my best life. How else does it fit? Pursuing the spark of inspiration by writing and creating art. So, inspiration it is. Thank you to those ahead of me for inspiring me to choose a special word for 2015. Inspiration is truly everywhere. 🙂

I have also realized recently, maybe today even, that one of my biggest addictions is trying to control the world around me with obsessive thoughts. I don’t always do it, but when something is bothering me I think about it and worry over it until I feel in my bones that I have determined the outcome one way or another. Something clicked for me today, maybe when I was listening to an episode of the Bubble Hour, but I realized that oh hey, I don’t have to determine an outcome for every so-called problem that appears in my life. I don’t need to figure it all out. In fact, I can’t figure it all out, nothing big ever works the way I plan it, and trying is a huge waste of my time and energy. Epiphany!

For example, the past few days I have been obsessing over whether or not I should have another baby. I have thought about the pros, the cons, decided yes, decided no, talked to friends and family about the matter, talked to my husband about it, worried, and stressed. Yes, people do sometimes plan pregnancies or protect themselves against them, but in reality I have limited control over this. Since I have thought about this so much, I know that I will be okay no matter what, that my happiness does not depend in any way on the outcome of this decision, and that the ultimate fate of my uterus is in hands greater than mine. God, the Universe, whatever you want to call it. I am not calling the shots here, even if I desperately want to know what happens in the end. The stories that I tell myself about this subject aren’t helping me, and no matter what happens I will learn something. In fact, I am sure that I will learn valuable lessons no matter what.

This is an recent example, but these types of thoughts are pretty normal for me. I need to plan! I need to figure everything out! I am actually really happy with life right now, but I need to get out of my own way. I am ruining my own happiness. What a waste of a short life.

It is time to set down this heavy load and let myself be happy. It was these kinds of thought patterns that kept me stuck drinking and numbing. I am not numb anymore, I do not drink anymore, so it is time to let that baggage go. It is time to change. The Serenity Prayer comes to mind. I think I need to hold it a bit closer these days. I feel like I always need to qualify these things by saying that I am not all that religious, and that I don’t go to AA, but who really cares in the end? Sometimes wisdom is just wisdom. Here is the beginning of the Serenity Prayer if you want to read it, too.

the-serenity-prayer

Wishing you all serenity today.

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11 thoughts on “A Mishmash

  1. I, too, have obsessEd over things that are out of my control. Have done it for years. It’s only recently that I have followed the immortal words of Elsa and “Let It Go.” It’s made me much happier and calmer.

  2. I still struggle with the control thing…obsess much? Uh yeah. It helps for me to pray (Yo Big Guy…could you handle this for me?) and sometimes to just fling my hands to the sky and act like I’m physically letting things go (another blogger told me about this one…I don’t know why it works but it does). Then if that doesn’t work I get really still and listen, God usually shows up a gives me a message or fills me with peace.

    I know this makes me sound like a nutcase but it works and has slowed my brain down so…I couldn’t care less what it sounds like! Lol.

    Sherry

  3. For me, when I go down the path of attempting to predict and plan every possible outcome of something that hasn’t happened they always turn out for the worst. When I finally realized that’s what I do I also put a name to them: pre-sentments … like a pre-resentment eh? Naming it, for me, took away its power to mess with my head 😉

    Thanks for being an inspiration to me today 🙂

  4. We all have our reminder phrases that bring us back to serenity. Mine is “Allow everything to be as it is”, from Adyashanti. It’s a bit of a shift from letting go, it’s having no need to change anything or anybody, including me. No pushing/pulling. Truly, I really have no other choice. When I let things be, the obsessing can, on occasion, fall away and give rise to clarity.

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