Life is cyclical. Every season there is a reason… maybe that’s too facile. There is a cyclical nature to a day, to a week, to a season, to a holiday, to a life. And when we’re observant and mindful, we’re part of that cycle. Actually we’re always part of a cycle of life, our own lives are cyclical. But are we resistant to the cycles or are when living in acceptance? Because, when we’re living mindfully, we’re conscious of the cycles of the day, the week, the year, the seasons of our lives, and then we’re in the flow. Ah, the flow. My favorite place to be.
I’ve noticed I’m in a new cycle of my life. I’m currently writing a book, the Ageless Diet™ book, and I’m co-writing a script for a new feature length film. I’m also rewriting a script for a TV series, among other things. I’m busy. But, I’ve not always been busy. In fact, last year at this time, I had my daily workload, but I didn’t have all these projects swimming around. And some of the time, I would procrastinate and woolgather and day dream. And what I’ve found is that those times of woolgathering or productive procrastination we’re absolutely necessary. They are one of the reasons I have as much on my plate as I do. Those days meditating and reading unrelated stuff online and going for long walks are probably why I now am able to be so productive and happily busy.
If you’re a creative person, and we all are, then honor those cycles when you’re down, when life is slow, and when you don’t have much to do… that time is gold. You can create so much then, and you’re most likely not even aware of it.
Yes, I’ve spent a year or more happily and worriedly daydreaming. Of course, the day to day tasks got done, but no new work was generated. And, now I’ve no time to procrastinate. These projects have deadlines, and people are waiting. But, looking at my present and my past, I’m very grateful for all the opportunities. The opportunity to play around, and now, the chance to really work hard at something I’m compelled to do – something that engages me.
In fact, looking back, I wish I hadn’t fretted that I was dithering and wasting time. I wish I hadn’t been so hard on myself (great way to jack your own flow!). I wish I had honored that current cycle of my life. And gone with the beat of that day.
Because now I see there is a reason for every season. Honor that reason; honor that season.
From LivingUnbound: “There is a cycle of living and activity in the external world, and of bringing ourselves, our awareness, back inward, into our internal world. Especially in so-called modern society, many of us run around frenetically in the world outside, and put almost all our focus on the world outside; on all that activity. For those of us who’ve lived even a few decades, we’ve seen a noticeable increase in activity, in the pace of our lives and the world around us, even in our own lifetimes. We focus all our attention outward, and look for all our happiness outward, but can never seem to be satisfied. Even our own thoughts and feelings tend to be oriented outward: errands, work, relationships, family, the economy, specific conversations, strategies for getting what we want, strategies for avoiding what we fear. And not surprisingly, for so many of us, even with all that strategizing, there is still so much disharmony in our lives.” So, meditate a little, go inward, and accept that every cycle of your life is happening for a wonderful reason that serves you.
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About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. She is a writer and content creator, working in film, tv, and online. She wrote the popular lifestyle book "Ageless Diet," published in late 2015. And she is currently working on her next book. She also developed a sitcom pilot set in the restaurant business called "Employees Only TV" and is developing another web series comedy about Denver.