Making Room For What Brings You Pleasure
By Asia Sharif-Clark
There's a simple way to make room for what brings you pleasure, delegate the tasks that deplete you. This will leave you room to focus on activities that give you life and bring you joy. These are your core commitments.
Core commitments add value or a sense of purpose to your life and the lives of others. These are the commitments that make you leap out of bed in the morning. A new project or activity that reminds you why you are here and what you are here to do. With core commitments, you're not just existing, you're living. You're living with the desire to serve others each and every day.
Chore commitments are just the opposite. They deplete you mentally or emotionally. You may become anxious or irritable as an obligation enters your thoughts. These activities don't bring you joy. Often you wonder why you continue to do them. You may feel a little guilty for wanting these jobs to go away.
You are not alone. In fact, there are many women trying to delegate a few chores, while embracing their core. We all have commitments that need to be handled. The beauty is they don't need to be handled by us. When we summon support from family or friends, we're often pleasantly surprised. Those closest to us are often looking for ways to be of service. By allowing others to help, we create a mutual blessing.
When was the last time you delegated a commitment that drained you? Sometimes our lack of enthusiasm means we shouldn't be handling it. Instead, we should move toward an activity that sets us on fire.
How fast would you shower and dress for a project that shook you to the core? Desire is the fuel that moves you forward. Pay close attention to what increases and drains your energy.
If you can't find the enthusiasm to cook four to five meals a week, ask your family for help. Allow the love of your life and older children to contribute to the meal. It will give them a sense of pride to prepare salads or side dishes for the family. In addition, you feel a sense of relief and your family will be honored to know you need them. Give them an opportunity to be of service to you.
If you dread keeping the books for your business, hire a professional. Use your time to focus on your strengths, your brilliance! Freeing up your time will give you space to make new contacts and create new business. This one change may result in more money for your company and less stress for you.
Summoning support is the best of both worlds. By delegating chores, you free your mind and spirit to make room for core commitments you truly love. This leaves you more time to take up French, make new contacts, play with your children, or simply do nothing. The more we use the resources that surround us, the more we can truly enjoy ourselves. Then, we not only improve our lives but the lives of those around us. Go ahead, give it a try, and watch the miracle unfold.
Asia Sharif-Clark is the author of You Time
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