What to do when you don’t know what to do

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Sometimes inspiration doesn’t come.
Sometimes clear mind seems as far away as the next galaxy.*
Sometimes our thoughts get a little too quiet.
A fog settles in.

In these moments, discomfort can drive us to get busy.
“I’ve got to do something about this!”
“Something must change!”
“I have to work harder!”
“This cannot stand!”
But the “what to do” eludes us, leaving a pallor of shame on our cloud of discomfort.  The very mind that seems to be blocking our access, then blaming us for it, then demanding we take action . . . also refuses to show us the way out.

So what do you do when you don’t know what to do?

Rest.
Allow the stillness.
Notice what it feels like to not know.
Rest some more.
Breathe.
Make breakfast.
Take a walk.
Watch rain drops splash on a puddle.  Notice the sun lighting up a daisy.
Then rest again.

The world offers us plenty of doing.
Sometimes, through an act of uncomfortable grace, Life offers us rest instead.

So rest.
The sun will burn off the clouds eventually.
Clear mind will return.
In the meantime . . . settle into the fog.

*Did you know that there are ~100 BILLION stars in this galaxy alone?  And that there are ~100-200 BILLION more galaxies BEYOND the Milky Way?  Kind of makes this moment of personal dullness seem altogether impersonal and relatively small and perhaps not such a Big Deal after all.

One thought on “What to do when you don’t know what to do

  1. Recognizing that crazy mind “we must do something!” is so important, because until there’s an impulse or a response to actually do a specific thing, activity for activities sake is going to take you off track. Yeah, I’m getting this.

    Thanks for the morning message!

    Wondering if we can walk in the AM? Little lake lap?

    Xoxo Nancy

    *From:* JOYFUL BALANCE [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:11 AM *To:* nancy@paranka.com *Subject:* [New post] What to do when you don’t know what to do

    joyful balance counseling posted: ” Sometimes inspiration doesn’t come. Sometimes clear mind seems as far away as the next galaxy.* Sometimes our thoughts get a little too quiet. A fog settles in. In these moments, discomfort can drive us to get busy. “I’ve got to do something ab”

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