As I set up my calendar for the month, I select a quote I’ve found that speaks to me. I write it in my planner and leave space below it to capture phrases I hear or read that speak to me and relate to the quote. I found this practice centers me for the month, and helps me be more present in my conversations, meetings, and readings. For August 2022 the quote was, “Be easy. Take your time. You are coming home to yourself.”
I headed into the month fully depleted in every way, both personally and professionally. I knew I was in a frantic spiral. I saw it and couldn’t stop. Instead, I clung to the upcoming sanctuary of our annual family beach vacation with my parents, brother, and his family. I would let it remove me from the chaos for a full reset. Life had other plans: everyone in the cottage got COVID and the company I work for was sold. So much for low stress, time away from work. But, finishing 6 books, daily long walks on the beach, and deep calls with close friends are always rejuvenating regardless of the circumstances.
Here are quotes that caught my attention in August that connected to “…coming home to yourself”:
- Don’t let the world happen to you, you happen to the world
- I had to believe I was better than any of the doubts I was feeling. I had to take control of my own narrative and remind myself I’d chosen this path
- Don’t give into your fears, otherwise you won’t be able to talk to your heart
- Sometimes there’s no way to hold back the river
- Failure is the result of a method chosen, and not the person
- If we could all keep our feelings off the table, we’d all be more open to rethinking
- It takes one thought to change the whole outcome
- As long as you are “trying” to do something, you are not “doing” something
- He who has a why can endure any how
- I had earned my place; I was ready
- Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it; Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it
- The most effective way to navigate fear is by facing it; If you use the resistance if will help you rise
- Blinding shocks of the obvious
- Qualified enough
- It’s not part of my job, it’s part of me
- Assumptions are made by fools
- Simply let your yes be yes, and your no, no
- Remember always that you not only have a right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one
- Stop looking at where you have been and start looking at where you can be
- It’s powerful and effective for a woman to be herself
- Every second of the search is an encounter with God
My time away, reading, conversations, and reflection reminded me that I am always home when I am clear on me. Clear on boundaries. Clear on healthy habits. Clear on space as an introvert to rejuvenate. Clear on time with friends to connect. Clear on what I need to be satisfied at work. Clear on what I want out of my life and how I want to show up in it.
When I lose this clarity, a I had on several fronts, I wander into weak spots. I lose my resolve and my good (healthy) habits. I forgot that I am more than my title and feed into other’s career neurosis. I shift from a sense of ownership to survival. I struggle against the undertow rather than float with the natural current.
This month’s quote was influential in giving me a mindset that supported my reintegration post vacation as I seek to reset and fortify the home of me. “Be easy” and “take your time.” Both of which are hard for me as a doer who works in a competitive industry and lives in a fast-paced city. But I cling to elements of this quote as I set up more play dates with friends, block off “purposeful pauses” in my calendar to sit in silence, get back into a steady gym routine, try out grocery delivery, and ignore my personal to-do list in order to watch the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert for 5.5 hours while texting with a bestie throughout and feeling all the emotions from joy to gut wrenching sorrow. Coming home is a journey after all.
On my last day of vacation, I walked 3 miles to the far end of the undeveloped island, sat on a wooden bench that overlooked the sand dunes and ocean, pulled out a notebook from the “Kindred Spirit” mailbox, set my intention for “home,” and wrote this poem:
Change is coming. The waves drive it in. The sand shifts where I stand.
Change is coming. The seagulls cry about it. The nats are pesky reminders.
Change is coming. Beauty abounds. The clouds lay down cover.
Change is coming. The wind breathes in hope. The sun nourishes.
Change is coming. I am here. I am ready.
One thought on “August Quote: “Coming Home to Yourself””
Beautiful poem that speaks loudly to me.
Home…love and peace, acceptance and forgiveness, laughter and joy, memories and dreams, faith and family!
Boldness, a favorite word. 😊 Keep writing!
My love, Mom