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How to “Do It All”

AKA- Lefty Loosey Righty Tighty

People often ask me, “How do you have time for it all? How do you do it all?”  They see me as a single mom, running a successful business, dealing with dozens of clients, running a household, exercising most days, cooking real food in my kitchen most days.  I am still able to know what is happening in the news and be able to speak relatively intelligently on current pop culture stuff. I manage my schedule well enough to be able to keep all those plates in the air….but HOW?

Well, clearly we all have the same 24 hrs in a day and so I have no advantage there (except I don’t watch TV, so I apparently gain several hours there).

I do not have the advantages of being smarter, stronger, more gifted or fabulous in any way that makes me stand out in a crowd.

In fact, I feel quite the opposite. I believe that part of what allows me to get things done, is that I merely see myself as a spigot.

That’s right, a faucet. Lefty loosey, righty tighty. But I’m hooked up to something A LOT bigger than the city water supply. Its more like Niagara Falls…

You see, I think that we are all here to share our individual gifts with the world. To live according to a divine purpose. As vessels.

I am simply a vessel for my gifts to manifest themselves into the world. I feel “full-filled” when I am sharing my gifts with others, making a difference, and serving for the greater good. Then I am filling my own vessel by adding to yours.

I think people feel “empty” and “lacking direction” when they are not living in accordance to their divine purpose and instead are sacrificing their happiness and their personal lives by doing things (i.e. the job they hate, the commute that makes their back hurt, staying in the relationship that is tearing them down, etc.) that do not feed them on a spiritual and energetic level.

I believe our divine purpose comes through in the art we create. Not necessarily art like a painting you hang on a wall (although those are very important) but I mean the art and crafts of your life. Maybe your art is that of medicine and science, maybe it’s carpentry, maybe it lies in combining words in ways that no one has done before, maybe it’s coaching people to live the healthiest life they possibly can. Maybe it’s running a day care or being the principal of an elementary school where you teach children what it feels like to be loved and respected. Maybe your art is writing policies and procedures for your workplace that affect thousands of employees’ lives.

Whatever your art is, you must create it. You must live it to some degree every single day. It is why we are all here. It is how we thrive.

On most days I try to just show up and open up the faucet (lefty loosey) to let the Universe’s grand plan flow through me. I try not to fight it, force it, or make it what it’s not…I try to recognize what it is that I can contribute in any given situation and give it up willingly and eagerly.  At night I turn the handle to the right (righty tighty), close it up, and get some rest.  I know that bright and early I’ll wake up to twist it to the left again and remind myself of the Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

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