In writing about reducing noise in my life for the last month, one of the core lessons that is emerging to me as I explore the different “noise”-makers I have is that I need to learn to let some things go sometimes.
I guess I’ve always said this, but it’s one thing to say it and another thing to really know it and do it.
Blogging for 31 straight days was difficult – so challenging that I missed a day or two. Because, well, life. Sometimes I’m too busy living to write about it.
And I’ve discovered that many times, cutting noise out of your life means taking intentional steps to streamline some processes, to remove overwhelming commitments or time-sucks like social media, or to clear clutter and finish unfinished projects.
But less noise also looks like more margin time. More quiet times, more open spaces to give yourself the gift of spontaneity, freedom, breathing room. Leaving space for nothing means leaving space for anything…anything that your heart needs to fill back up and your head needs to quiet down.
This month, I’ve learned some lessons that removing noise in my life also means removing pressure on myself.
I have a to-do list a mile long – don’t we all? – but the last few days, I’ve been getting done what I can and not stressing about what needs to be done. And that is SO unlike me.
I’m taking margin time and creating space in my daily schedule to breathe – reading, hot baths, phone calls to friends, clearing my mind when I’m with the kids and being fully present with them. Saying yes to a picnic dinner and movie, just because. I have to say “no, we have to go to the doctor this morning” so often, that when I can say “yes, let’s go to the park!” on a free morning, it’s all the more exciting.