Hello SOTGC community,
Greetings from Austin, Texas, where I call home.
It’s where the music is always playing, creative arts flow alongside the river, and foodies click their heels for some farm-to-table goodness!
In such a place, there is never enough time or energy to enjoy it all, but we do try. I work as a director of a local nonprofit counseling center. One of the most common questions our center responds to is, “How do I do it all well?” The second question is either “How do I stay sane in this season?” or, “How do I narrow my focus?” Most of our clients are women who make up slightly less than half the Austin population, according to the 2010 U.S. census. Both demographic studies and relationships with our clients help us understand these questions.
In this post, I want to start with one hope-filled experiment called the rhythm of life we share with our clients. In later posts I will address this from a neurological and psychological viewpoint so stay tuned.In a city where the music, water, and home-brew flow, it’s natural to find resonance with the concept of a rhythm of life experiment. The objective of the experiment is to behold our lives so that we intentionally live with vision, passion, and mission. As a result, when we live with such intention, we help others to do the same. As a woman, we are naturally seeking to help others, and this experiment provides a strong platform for this desire.
Perhaps you are in a season of life that would benefit from our rhythm of life experiment. Sometimes the experiment will lead you to find energy to address multiple items during this season. Sometimes the experiment will lead you to say no to some things so you can focus more intently on others.
Where could you start?
Behold. To behold means to look at something from a larger, vaster vantage. We can easily get hyper-focused just as we can get distracted. It’s the big picture of why am I … “working these hours,” “in this relationship,” “feeling this way.” Take a breather to look up and look out from the larger vantage.
Vision. We know we need a clear idea of where we want to go but vision-drift often occurs with the various roles we have on a given day. First question, do you need to be refreshed? A little refreshing could possibly bring vision clarity. If that doesn’t do much, that means you’re human, and there are great tools for “visioneering” from our contributors or we can help at Streams Counseling Center too.
Passion. Often times, many of our clients are uncertain of their passion so they do not have an intentional rhythm. Life changes can also make passion foggy. With some reflecting or coaching in a supportive community, passion returns and highlights practical steps for a rhythm of life.
Mission. This is where the rhythm of life meets daily life. Ask yourself, “What do I need to be who I truly am?” and be specific for physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and relational needs. Then apply these needs, more often than not, within realistic and achievable means throughout your day.
Going back to beholding the broader vantage, you can take your practical mission steps into your month, quarter, and year. Over time you adjust as needed. A rhythm of life adjusts slightly with each season of life, allowing for the fullest experience of life as possible.
The experiment is about addressing the “how do I do it all well” question by considering “what do I need to be who I truly am, more often than not.” The phrase “more often than not” is key to allowing you to be gracious with yourself in your pursuit of either doing it all well now or narrowing your focus on a few things.
In my experience of finding an intentional rhythm it took the support of women like this community. We are here to support you!
So repeat after me with some moxie: Beholding my Vision, Passion, and Mission lead to my rhythm.
Please share this with others and continue the conversation. I really want to hear if this experiment is helpful for you.
Stay tuned for my next post that delves into the neurological and psychological strengths for doing it all well. Then, let me know the next time you are in Austin! We’ll have the music going and the food ready. Talk soon!