Don’t be discouraged. Those people who seem to know exactly what to do in life are wanderers just like you. We are all still learning here. — MHN
for all of the hard work you do outwardly,
may you find the courage to work inwardly
stepping full into the boundless grace
that allows you to mindfully slow down,
even in the thick of things
that have yet to be sorted out,
you are allowed to believe:
you are worth the quiet moment
you are worth the deeper breath
you are worth the time it takes
to be still, be free, and rest.
You do not have to wait until you get to the other side to exhale. You do not have to wait until you finally see how it all works out in order to loosen your shoulders and breathe. You are allowed to breathe deep in the deepest part of the valley. You are allowed to stop and catch your breath even when you have been told to keep running. Making it to the other side can make a difference in your life, but it is the simple, yet miraculous act of breathing that keeps you alive. It is breathing that keeps you on course, even when you must go at a slower place. So loosen your shoulders. Look up. May you never deprive your body of the exhale. You need it. You need to breathe. You need to know that you are worthy of peace, right here in the in-betweens. — Morgan Harper Nichols
Just in case no one has told you lately, it’s okay if you don’t have it all figured out. It’s okay if you are still learning how to breathe while making it through the wilderness of things.
I’m not sure what things you have been told lately or what pressure you have been made to feel, but above all of that, there is room for you to still find peace in knowing: it’s okay it’s if you’re not where you thought you would be right now. It’s okay if you’re still figuring things out when everyone else already seems to have their plans in place. The reason why this is okay is because no matter how far productivity takes you, it does not equal joy and fulfillment in life.
There’s nothing wrong with getting things done, but it’s not the way to measure your growth in life. Instead, take a look at your inner life. Take a look at the ways you have grown in patience. Notice the ways you have learned to be gentle and extend grace...even when it seemed impossible. Remember the time you did something kind and didn’t take the credit? Remember the season where you made a conscious decision to begin the journey of letting something go? No matter what things you don’t have figured out, it’s those inner things that make all of the difference, no matter what lies ahead.
Keep giving your all and making the most of everyday, but don’t think less of yourself when you have to be still and wait. It’s okay to not have it all figured out, and to still be growing in wisdom and in grace at the same time.