It's been a while since I wrote a Weekly Minute, I deliberately took two weeks off in August, and those two weeks turned into 5! Apologies for leaving it so long!
It's been an interesting process watching the guilt build over the weeks, and still not sit myself down to write. The excuses each Sunday evening and Monday morning were reminiscent of avoiding school homework as a kid, putting it off until the last minute and never just getting it done so I could allow myself the joy of being free to play all weekend.
Observing this little dance of guilt and self-torment finally got boring (thankfully) and over the weekend I sat down and had a little chat with myself, to remember why I started the Weekly Minute in the first place. I remembered that:
This little chat with myself got me back in touch with the 'why' of sitting down each week to do this. When I forgot my 'why', it became another thing on my list that I had to do, and the joy and fulfilment went out of it.
If there's a practice that you have let slide, and you're doing the guilt dance, take this opportunity to hit reset. Sit yourself down, and remind yourself of why you started it in the first place, remember the values that inspired you in the beginning. Make a decision to let go of the guilt of not having done this thing, and just do it. There's no time like the present! In fact, there's only the present....
“Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one's own actions or lack of action.” ― Audre Lorde
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