By Ettie Rutherford
Today’s world urges us to hurry, to take on extra tasks, and to assume additional roles, while at the same time presenting us with far more challenges, more detours, more stressful situations and less time for personal growth.
There is barely any time for self-reflection or self-care. Being controlled by the media, the internet, cell phones, as well as ongoing health challenges and changing leadership roles in the family and the workplace, no wonder we chose to hide from the “fire”, instead of running towards it.
However, you will never improve your quality of life without confronting your challenges and “putting out the fires”.
So, try to:
1.Separate the REAL “fires” from what is a mere “spark”.
2. Ignore the “sparks”, which are not a serious threat to your sanity.
3. Decide on the specific factors, which are causing the “fire”.
4. Concentrate on finding the tools and the fire-fighters who can assist you.
5. Have a victory party for small showers of rain, and forget the “pity party”.
6. Remember that being faced with “fires” is a natural part of living.
7. Refrain from blaming yourself for what is happening.
8. Chose which “fire” you are capable of extinguishing. Don’t get in “over your head”.
9. Stop trying to put out every “fire”…only God is capable of doing that.
Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org