Knowing when to Stop Again
Last week I wrote about knowing when to stop, and about a particular walk in the park where I had an easy, tangible reminder of when to stop and turn around.
What I didn’t tell you is I took that picture almost exactly two years ago, when I was smack dab in the middle of the hardest season of life I had ever experienced…I took that picture, I wrote that prompt, I filed it away in my heart, my brain and my google drive, and I did nothing with it for the next two years….because, while I knew there was wisdom in knowing when to stop, while I knew it was important, I simultaneously had no idea how to do it in my own life.
But, my friends, as I think about not knowing what to do in my own life, I recognize that we’re not always going to have a clear picture of when we should push through situations and when we should stop and turn around. Sometimes we’re going to have to sit in the discomfort of not knowing what the right answer is. Perhaps that discomfort will be a brief moment in time, and perhaps, perhaps that discomfort will last years and years. Life is not always clear, and our paths do not always have an easy answer.
I hope this week, if you find yourself in a space without a clear answer, that you are able to breathe a little deeper into the space and time you find yourself in.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
Knowing when to Stop
Sometimes we just have to push through, right? Hand in hand with pushing through, I think knowing when to stop is of equal importance.
A while ago…more than a little while ago, I was on a walk with no real destination, no real timeline of when to stop. I wasn’t doing a loop, it was out and back where eventually I was going to need to turn around to get back to my car, I didn’t have a timeline of when to get back, I didn’t have any appointments after my walk.
The question of when to turn around came up in my brain a few times. While I didn’t have any appointments, I was a little tired and would eventually need to turn around…and then there it was, a tree had fallen all the way across Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park, spanning from one side of the road to the other.
Now, I could have hopped over that tree, it wouldn’t have been a problem for me. And yet, it just felt like a good place to turn around and start walking back.
We don’t always get a well-placed tree spanning our path, telling us when to stop, when to turn around, do we? However, even without those trees, I think we can start to find more awareness of when we need to push through, when we just need to keep going, and when it’s time for us to stop. It might not always be so clear as a tree spanning our path, but I think the more we focus on our own feelings and needs, the more we can see those trees blocking our paths.
I hope we can find a little more awareness of our own needs this week, my friends.
Have an amazing week!
There are times we have to push forward, even when it’s hard. There are times we just have to keep going, even when we want to take a break. There are times when we have to keep walking the trail ahead of us even when all we want to do is stop and rest.
I was thinking a lot about last week's blog post, about feeling uninspired, about taking breaks when we’re struggling with a distinct lack of inspiration.
Taking breaks, taking time away when we’re feeling that lack of inspiration, it’s important. And yet, there are times when we have to push forward and keep walking, even when all we want to do is take a break. There are times we simply have to continue moving through the space and time we are in, even if it feels hard and uncomfortable, even when we feel uninspired.
My dear friends, if you find yourself in a place where you have to keep moving forward even if you don’t want to, I hope you can find a little more comfort, a little more peace, some deeper breath even in that place.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!