I walk down to the basement, look around, and then I have a deep thought: “What am I doing here?” Actually, I am really wondering what I’m doing there because I can’t remember what I came to do or get.

This is a pretty common occurrence for me in about every room of the house. I’m often opening closets, the pantry, or the refrigerator only to ask myself, “What am I doing here?” For some reason, it can be so easy to forget why I have brought myself to a certain location. I swear there was a purpose, but I struggle to remember it.

Isn’t that the way it is in life? We begin in a direction with a purpose and a plan, but somewhere along the way, in the distractions of living, we forget what we are doing. We stand and look around us trying desperately to recall what was once important enough to move us forward.

I can’t tell you what you are meant to do where you are, but I can tell you it is okay to take a deep breath and retrace your steps until you remember what drives you. You don’t have to keep pushing forward with every moment. In fact, you shouldn’t. If you keep pushing forward without a clear remembrance of what you started out to do and why, you could end up somewhere you really don’t want to be. It is worth it to sit still for a moment and answer the question, “What am I doing here?”

You may find you are exactly where you need to be, or you may find you need to readjust your direction. Either way, the answer starts with a deep breath, a short break from the movement of life, and a prayer.

Give yourself permission to stand still before moving forward.


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