I’m six months postpartum with my first babe and I finally stopped using my baby as my alarm clock. For the past week, I’ve woken up in the wee hours of the morning to send my husband off to work, make our bed, meditate, and journal. All before my baby wakes up around 5:30 am. It’s so hard to get my feet to hit the floor that early but, man, taking the time to set the posture of gratitude for my day has made a huge difference in how I’m showing up.
It’s allowed me to recognize a whole swarm of thoughts and fears that have been shrouding my mind, keeping me floundering instead of thriving. And I thought these fears might be affecting how you show up too. I mean how can we not worry about our political, social, and physical climate, our livelihoods, our families, and our future?
It’s all pretty overwhelming right now. So I wanted to encourage you, because you’re doing a great job. And I wanted to share a story that my sister has taped to her bathroom mirror. Because it’s a reminder we all need to stay in our own lane and focus on the important work we are doing.
The Starfish Story
An old man was walking on the beach one morning after a storm. In the distance, he could see someone moving like a dancer.
As he came closer, he saw that it was a young woman picking up starfish and gently throwing them into the ocean. “Young lady, why are you throwing star fish into the ocean?”
"The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die” she said.
“But young lady, do you not realize that there are many miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You cannot possibly make a difference.”
The young women listened politely, then bent down and picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea.
“It made a difference for that one.”
What you’re working toward, it’s important. All of it. And all you can do is the best you can, where you are, with what you have. And have faith that the rest will work itself out.
And most importantly, find joy in doing it. You are important and you make a difference.
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