It’s 4am and I am about to walk out the door to head to the gym. The feeling is so familiar. Once I get there I go through the motions of what I have done for the past two months. By 7am I am at work. Next thing I know it is now 6pm and I am about to leave. I head home and have a quick dinner, shower and I am ready for bed. It’s 8pm.
Have you ever felt like you were just going through the motions? For months that was me, not thinking, not creating. It was as if I was on autopilot and I didn't have to think about it all. I didn't have time to think. Once I realize this, I had to question, is this life? Is this what I was made to do? It can’t be, I have to be made for something more. How did I get here? Where was I going?
I have found it is important to have a direction for your life. Sit down and decide what do you need in each aspects of the list below:
- Physical – of or relating to the body as opposed to the mind.
- Financial – of or relating to finance.
- Mental – of or relating to the mind.
- Emotional – of or relating to a person's emotions.
- Social - of or relating to society or its organization.
- Spiritual – of, relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
The physical body it a gift and we are called to take care of it. Being healthy means get moving and consume real foods. I think moderation is key with this thinking, not extreme. At least once a day we come across a “quick fix” to weight loss or nutrition. But like the saying goes, you don't get skinny from eating one salad & you don't get fat from eating one burger. Its about moderation. For me, it is important that I live a fulfilling life; I want to be able to move now and when I have grandkids. I don't want to miss out on something because I ate poorly or I didn't workout my body.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…” (Timothy 6:10). Some believe that MONEY is bad. I do not believe that money is bad, but as the bible says it is the LOVE of money. My goal is financial freedom. I don't want to be a slave to debt. I don't want to fear “Murphy’s law.” I want the freedom to choose where my money goes. I want to be able to give to people in need.
Learning for me has always been a driving force in my mental health. Complacency is what halts your mental growth. Taking a music, dance, or language class is a great way to keep the mind sharp. Reading also helps in this growth. Find something you are interested in and learn more by reading.
When you feel like your life is out of control, your emotions follow. I have found that yoga has been a significant factor in my emotional health. I didn't begin yoga with that intention but somehow it was the outcome. It taught me to be intentional about everything, slow down and enjoy the moment and to let go of what you can’t control.
Being surrounded by friends and family can build you up or break you down. You are a combination of the 5 closest people you are around, so why would you spend your time being content? I want to be challenged, encouraged, supported, and loved. I want to be a positive influence to those that are close to me, not a negative one.
God allows this entire list to be an option. My spirit needs to be filled so I can pour into others what they need. You need to find peace in the past and be joyful for the future. Your spirit is the connection between each aspect.
Every facet of your life can be described in one of these categories. Why would you want to be unbalanced with them? Notice where you are spending more of your time and be intentional about the decisions you make. Have a vision for your life and make sure that each step is in the right direction.