As any athlete (and many artists as well), there comes a point where you feel as though you are breaking. You are in pain, and it doesn’t feel as though you are making any progress. But every one of them will tell you, if you keep pushing through the pain, no matter how hard it gets, it always gets easier.
The same is true for life. We often feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and like nothing we do is enough. We feel as though “the work never ends.” In many ways, this is the battle I am fighting right now. I am working solid hours at the store, which is always busy (there is never nothing to do, and we are always behind), and when I’m not there I am working on housework, cleaning the office, etc. Plus weddings at the chapel are picking up again so there is always something going on. The sleep I’m getting never feels like it’s enough, and I always feel exhausted.
Most of us have had these moments where all we want is a break. Sometimes, those breaks can be very short. The other night we had a jam session where we all played for the first time in several months – and it was great! Tomorrow night, we’re planning a hike where we can reconnect with the outdoors and increase our energy for a few hours, and get away from the buzz of town life.
I am grateful for the small breaks we get. Those are what hold me over until we can find the time for a bigger break. Small breaks can give us exactly what we need to “push through the wall” to get to the easier point in our progress. It gives us a minute to look how far we’ve come, and how much closer we are to the final goal.
Tonight, I’m looking at how much I have completed, and while I still have quite a bit left to do, I am pleased with how far I’ve come with everything that I’m working on: the office, the music, my new job, me. I know that I still have a lot of work to do, and I lot of goals to be completed, but tonight, my small break is showing me how much closer I am to realizing them.