You ever get stuck in a rut and after a while that rut feels uncomfortable enough that you want to break free? I’m in one now in my personal life and it’s getting really uncomfortable.
Days feel monotonous and at times like you’re just going through the motions. Things you set as rituals begin to feel less meaningful. It’s the wash, rinse, repeat of life.
I’ve been here before and I know that if I lean into these regular ebbs and flows of life, the ruts, I will emerge grateful on the other end for sticking to the plan and remaining faithful to the overall purpose. These small actions, sacrifices and commitments repeated over and over and over set us up for achieving longer term goals. And while the journey is sometimes less exciting than watching grass grow, the end result makes it all worthwhile.
For example, if you are training for a marathon, you put in a lot of miles, one after the other and you will want to quit, skip and give up at times. Then you run your race, you successfully complete it and every day you did the work suddenly matters and has amazing value—the gift of the rut.
Or consider building a savings account for taking a bucket list trip—you have to make sacrifices in other areas of your budget to make it possible. Giving up meals out, weekend getaways and other wants that may creep in at times is required to meet your savings goal. You have to lean in to the vision of your trip and once you accomplish your goal and take the trip, you’ll never regret the sacrifice of the fast food runs and minor wants.
Life is for living and while I’m 100% planning to leave it all on the field in this one awesome life of mine, I understand much of leaving it on the field is preparing for the big plays.
This week, I challenge you to lean into the not so fun parts of life (for me, that’s cleaning house—ick) and view them with compassion as they are preparing you for the next big play.