A few days, I posted a Dose of Positivity that said, Live in the present. Be grateful for the past. Be excited for the future. It came to me because I have been experiencing a funk. Let me explain. Over a month ago, my husband and I needed to make the decision to relocate back to our hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. We have loved our 5 years in Saskatoon, but we are excited to be heading back to where our family is. Relocating is no easy feat and it comes with lots of work, energy and bittersweet feelings as we are leaving so many amazing friends. In a very short period of time, just a few weeks, we bought a new house, sold our current house, are trying to get in as much time with our friends as we can, and I need to relocate my business and prepare all the necessary documents to now operate in Ontario.
The to-do list was huge, but I wasn’t doing any of it. I was sitting in the bathtub, trying to relax (which is my go-to stress reliever) and I couldn’t get comfortable, and I was bored. My husband asked me, “What’s up with you? Why are you in a funk?” We talked it out and without even realizing it, I had become unmotivated, disconnected and I had checked out. I couldn’t focus on my work or my life here because I was so focused on the future that was lying ahead. Then it hit me…you are in a funk because you are not being present. BAM! I love those moments when my unexplainable emotions become explainable. I asked myself, now that I know what is causing this emotional funk, what can I do to get out of it? The answer is simple; I’m going to appreciate each day and enjoy every moment that I have left in Saskatoon. Yes, there are lots of things that I need to do to move, but I’m not letting it overshadow the present or have regrets of the past. I don’t want to get back to Ottawa and regret not taking the time to take in as much of our current life or appreciate it for the amazingness that it is.
My situation hasn’t changed. I still have to do all of the necessary things to relocate, but I’m making a conscious choice to change my attitude about it. I have absolutely all the control when it comes to my attitude. I can make the experience dreadful or fun and exciting. I choose fun and exciting because the other option sounds daunting. I’m using the next 30 days to be grateful for this experience, to be grateful for the friends who have become our family and be grateful for the adventure that we have been on. The next adventure and story of our life is waiting to be written, but not before this chapter is complete. Like any good book, I don’t want to wait until the end before it gets good. I want to enjoy the beginning, the middle and the journey it took to get there.
- Where in your life are feeling funky because you are trying to skip to the next chapter, but haven’t finished this one yet?
- Where in your life can you change your attitude to a situation or experience to something more positive?
- What do you do to get yourself out of a funk?
Live In The Present.
Be Grateful For the Past.
Be Excited For the Future.
Sending you oodles of positivity, happiness and joy,
Laurie-ann Sheldrick, The Contagiously Positive Girl