I spent most of last year juggling too many social commitments, and this fall I’m making needed adjustments.
I loved being in gospel choir at my parish, but told my choir director this week that I need to drop out. Today I went to Mass for the first time in two months, when our parish priest left. I’ve delayed meeting the new pastor. Today, people were so happy to see me and I was surprised that they all asked if I was singing again with choir. They seemed disappointed. I didn’t have time to explain in these quick conversations, but felt touched just the same.
Our rehearsals are fun, but I need to focus on establishing a sleep routine for myself. I’ve been struggling in the mornings and need to go to bed and wake up earlier.
Our energy encompasses all that we do and feel. I’ve made sacrifices in order to be of service and help others, but I was putting my own needs last.
I’ve made some wonderful strides this year, but still tried too hard to please others.
In just over two months, I’ll be 36! This year is about my future, my happiness.
Already, I feel a change.
My first allegiance needs to be my own health before I commit to anything else.
I need to run more. I’ve planned on four 5k’s between September and October and already signed up for one. I’m so excited!!
On my last run I set my goal higher and I achieved it! I am ready to push myself.
I went to a wedding Friday and ended up sitting next to the mother of a friend, who asked why I haven’t been blogging– she’s on a my subscriber list! Again, I was touched that she noticed. She told me something incredible– that she had attended an Ani DiFranco concert this year and had printed out a few blogs I’d written about her daughter, who had taken her own life. Ani had been one of her heroes, and my friend’s mother included my blogs, in which I’d also mentioned Ani since my friend was such a fan and it was impossible to write about her without mentioning her heroine. She delivered it to someone selling merchandise, and Ani replied to her! She showed me a picture on her phone of the letter. The letter didn’t mention my blogs, but she must have read them.
When I started this little blog I never imagined someone famous would read my words. Let alone an artist as amazing as Ani!
And one of the things Ani said was that it helped her to know that through her music, she had been able to be there for my friend in some tough moments.
You never know how your words or even just a small thing you do can impact someone’s life in a positive way. Just because it doesn’t feel significant to you at the time does not mean your actions aren’t important to someone else.
And thus, I’m blogging today.