[Re-Post from old blog - 10-12-2009]
Do you ever feel like you are frustrated and anxious
because you have so much to do? You have so much
on your mind?
You go to church. You try to do what is right.
You even read the Bible. But, somehow, there is
an uneasiness inside.
You thought you were feeling uneasy because you
had to get something done. After you got that something
done, you still felt uneasy. Your to-do list seems
You go to church thinking that you’d feel better.
Yes, and you did feel a bit better. But, very soon
you feel that anxiousness inside again.
There are many reasons for why you are feeling
frustrated and anxious. We often look to outside for
answers. You may start searching on the internet
or in books for answers. Perhaps, you can connect with your
friends to find answers. Perhaps, a certain ministry’s teaching
could make you feel better.
Yes, they all helped. But, very soon, you come back to
this same state of anxiousness and feeling of overwhelmed.
Here is a question I would like to “gift” you?
Are you spending time with yourself?
What do I mean by “Are you spending time with yourself?”
What I mean is this –
Are you spending time to look into yourself and pay
attention what your soul/your spirit is telling you?
Have you ever asked yourself, why are you feeling so
frustrated? So, uneasy? What’s bothering you?
If we see our loved ones feeling bad, we would ask them that, right?
But, we often forget to love or care for ourselves by asking the same questions.
Before you start blaming your spouse, your partner, your friend,
your parents, your whoever-scape-goat, have you asked your
Sometimes, we can be so busy trying to get things done, fight the
fire outside, thinking that by doing so, we could feel more at
peace. Your soul could be crying out to you and feeling uneasy
trying to communicate to you,
“Hey, you are too busy. What you are doing right now
has nothing to do with contributing to what you are born to do.”
Yikes!!! Don’t you hate it sometimes when someone tells you that,
especially when you have gone through so much and you are trying
your best to stay on top of everything?
Statements like that could make you feel like, “What do you mean?
What else do you want? I am already trying my best to be a
responsible human being, a good father/mother, a good spouse, a
Our soul & our spirit are often sending us messages when we
are not in alignment with our life calling, when we are not
in alignment with our most fundamental values.
Demands of life often pull us to do, do and do. We don’t like to
face what our soul and spirit are trying to tell us because they
could be telling us things that we are afraid to listen. We may have
to do adjustments and make changes as result of listening.
Besides talking with us through the Bible, through our Pastor,
though those God placed around us, God speaks directly to us
through our spirit.
Yes, you may have a million things to do. But, what if you
realize that 80% of them could be cut down. You only need to do
20% and you can be successful in every single area of your life?
And, have more peace, have more rest and have more love and be more
I don’t know about you, but I would rather focus on
doing those things that will ultimately bring good results and
good returns to my life.
If you have been feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and anxious
for unknown reasons. If you feel that you have been doing, doing
and doing, but more things just got added to your plate. And,
you feel really tired…
May I suggest this to you?
Spend some time with yourself. Take a day off just for yourself.
If you live with others, communicate the need that you need the time
to be with yourself and ask those that live with you to support you.
If you have a spouse, ask them to take care of kids for a few hours for you.
Then, take time to ask yourself the following questions:
Why do I feel restless?
Lord, what are you trying to communicate with me?
There are many other ways to really search inside yourself to
uncover the most fundamental values you have inside.
We are all made to serve special purposes. Because of that, God
has given us different values that are so fundamentally important to us.
What is important to others may not be important to you. And, if
you are living to other people’s expectations or the society’s expectations
you will end up living a miserable life, always feeling not good enough,
always feeling like you have to try hard.
Take time for yourself. Schedule some time this week.
Perhaps, the weekend is the best time for you to set time apart for yourself.
Then, maybe during the week this week, you can start making arrangements and
communicate the need to be by yourself to those around you, so you can
date yourself this weekend.
Well, if you decide to respond to this suggestion and take time off
to spend time with yourself, I’d love to hear from you.
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