Giphy by  Kim Campbell

Giphy by Kim Campbell

Being still is easy for me to do, but not so easy in the mind. Sometimes I can confuse “being still” with idleness and not get the things done that I want to accomplish. I’ve felt like that a lot this year, and though it may not look that way from the surface, it’s for sure something I have been struggling with behind closed doors. That is why the theme for this month is “Intermission.”
Honestly, there have been projects that I’ve had to put aside because I had to recognize that my mental health comes first. Living in a fast paced city (okay, I know I’m not in New York but you get what I mean), it is easy to get so overwhelmed and not know where to stop and breathe. But then there are those moments where I allow my depression to not allow me to keep moving forward and by the help of loved ones, I am eventually able to get back up and start again.
Have you ever felt like your life was put on an intermission? Have you ever felt like you wanted to go back to the beginning and start over again because the intermission is going too long?
I am right there with you. Even though I’d rather be checking off a list of all the things I want to accomplish, somehow it’s rewarding knowing that I am not alone in this. I’ve had to learn to let go, not of my dreams, but of the timing of when I am able to see my dreams come into fruition.
I’ve had to learn that life is not just about the beginning or end, but the middle - the intermission. There is so much that can happen in the middle, so much life to be lived if we simply just embrace it.
Maybe you have a relationship that has been put on hold. Those can be some of the toughest breaks to go through whether it be with a significant other, friend, or family member, there is no shortcut for mending a broken heart or speeding up a situation that deserves a little space. Taking a break isn’t meant for you to be irresponsible, but rather to take the necessary steps to find clarity and healing. But it’s also a great time to seek wisdom from life-giving relationships who want to see you win at life and encourage you to be your best self. As hard as it may be to face a time of intermission, sometimes it can be the best thing that ever happened to you.
As we close out this summer, a season most known to rest and enjoy an intermission from the stresses of life if you are so fortunate, let’s stride forward with confidence of a new season that deserves our time and attention. You matter, your story matters, your voice matters. If this resonates with you and you know it’s time to get up and start walking like you talk it (cue “Migo’s”), I believe in you! We are in this together.


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