Emily P. Freeman recently shared on Instagram that she is “back to the habit of reading one chapter a day…for now.”
I stopped and thought about that for a bit. Two little words tacked on, but they make all the difference.
Big commitments feel harder than normal right now, because there is so much uncertainty. But we could commit to some things “for now”.
And hard things become more bearable if we tack on a “for now”. Life during a pandemic feels tough, because things are just heavy…for now.
It’s a simple little reminder that although we are going through something that’s hard, or stressful, or sad, it won’t be this way forever.
Or it’s a way of offering ourselves grace to change our minds if we realize that things need to change in order to be sustainable – we’re only doing it for now. Later on, things might look different, so we will leave room for course corrections.
I’m not saying our word shouldn’t stand for anything anymore, but I am saying that in these strange times, maybe we need a bit more grace than what we’ve offered ourselves in the past.
I tried it out a few different ways today, and it felt really good:
I’ve been dealing with adrenal fatigue for a few months, and I don’t have my usual amount of energy…for now.
I’ve had to give up strenuous exercise (Farewell, my beautiful 8 minute plank that took years and years of work to accomplish!!!😭), so I’m taking things slower…for now.
Because my health has to be a priority, our house can get messier than I’d like it to be….for now.
But there are new things coming in the future. I will have more energy again at some point, but for now, I don’t need to worry about all the things I can’t do.
The days are getting shorter, and things may feel a bit dark and dreary…for now.
Everyone is tired of masks, social distancing, and all the stress. We feel like everything is just hard and heavy and weird…for now. But it will change.
For anyone who is feeling bogged down, let’s remember – it’s just for now.
For anyone who feels unsure about how consistent we can be about anything this winter, maybe it’s easier to determine what we can manage just for now.
I like to play around with words – sometimes a new way of wording things can change it up just enough to give a fresh burst of insight, enthusiasm, energy, or creativity. For now.🙂
Is there anything in your life that needs a little shift in time frame perspective? What are you dealing with, for now?