{Mindful Monday}: Harnessing the “I Haves”

FullSizeRenderI can remember several times in my life when I have felt completely overwhelmed by the “wants and the haves” as I like to call ’em. You know, it feels like your feet are cemented to the ground and you can see where you want to go or you know what you want to do… but you can’t seem to get there and it feels icky and defeating. I think this feeling of being stuck is quite common and it can arise in a multitude of circumstances.  These feelings seem to be rooted in phrase like this: “I want to be” or “I wish I was” and when you take a step back to reflect you realize you have lost site of something else the “I haves”.

Today’s Mindful Monday post is a dose of self-medication because I found myself having a pretty powerful “I want to be…” moment over the weekend.  I was overwhelmed, defeated and stuck in the cement. I think it is important to share these vulnerable moments because we all have them! All the healthy blogger tips in the world do not mean that my life is perfect or without struggles. The struggles are what makes each of us real and what truly fosters gratitude and appreciation of the  “I haves”.

It’s seems quite ironic that the thing that I want is, at the same time, the thing that I am–which may be what makes it more frustrating at times. So, after 1 year and a half of being sick with no answers, as many of you know, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme and now two of the co-infections. After months of treatments and sadly,I am not much improved. My doctors appointment last week was not as positive as I had hoped (though we are still positive–its just a long haul) and I crashed and burned over the weekend. Why, because “I want” to be well. I feel frustrated at the fact that I am trying to do everything in my power to make myself well but it isn’t enough. I also realized, (as I have over and over again in this process) that many things are out of my control. All I can do is keep my head up and put one foot in front of the other each and every day.  Along with that, I keep my intentions set to focus on the “I haves” instead of the “I wants”. Why? Because my life is full of so many wonderful things that far outweigh the things I can’t control and the things I wish I had. And the things that I have (other than Lyme–a little humor is nice) are what makes my life so worthwhile.

So, if your are feeling overwhelmed by the “wants” and the “halves”, pause and remember to be present. Set meaningful intentions and goals but keep your focus on the first step instead of the finish line. Stay grounded in the many beautiful things that exist in your life every second of every day. Love yourself always and choose joy– if for no other reason that you are alive!



{photo cred: yoga inspiration}



4 thoughts on “{Mindful Monday}: Harnessing the “I Haves”

    1. Katie,
      I am so sorry to hear that you arenot well. Please take care of yourself. Hope you get well soon.

  1. Thank you Katie, for reminding us how important it is to count our blessings. My life may not be perfect, but I am truly blessed. Suffering from a chronic illness is no fun at all, and very very frustrating. I wish you all the best as you deal with everything on your plate.

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