My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

The One Thing You Need to Do When You Are Overwhelmed

I have some bad news for you friend. I hate to start this way, but I think it’s time someone told you.


We’re never going to be done.

Not on this side of heaven anyway. The lists will never end. The responsibilities will still be here. Chaos will swirl seemingly endless. But there is something you can do.

It’s time to take a moment and let your soul breathe. That inner part of you that gets pushed aside so easily by work and home and kids and life. The part that feels like you can’t handle one more thing to do. The part of you that is suffocating.

It may just be that you’re holding your breath waiting for the other shoe to drop. Maybe it’s time to exhale?

Maybe your soul is stifled because the weight of the world is pressing down so very hard.

Or maybe it’s been ignored for so long you forgot that it’s there.

It’s okay to take a moment to let your soul breathe. Life, in all if it’s one shoed, heavy, ignorant wonder isn’t going anywhere. We can’t erase the hard parts and make everything rainbows and unicorns.

But breathing?

That is something we can do.

But it won’t happen on it’s own. We have to choose to breathe into those innermost parts that are suffocating under the weight of the everyday. It may sound like one more thing to do, but it makes all the other things bearable.

What is it in your life that makes you feel like you can breathe? Give yourself permission to put down everything else and be.



About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

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