The season in which I find myself is currently undefined. While working on picking up the pieces of my life over the past year, I happened upon a phrase derived from a French proverb, "Reculer Pour Mieux Sauter" which translates to, "draw back in order to leap better; a strategic withdrawal." As I let that phrase marinate in the deepest parts of me, I began to realize that I needed a hard reset. I needed to clear my head, explore my creativity in a different place and regroup, so I booked a trip. Seven Days. Two Countries. One Unforgettable Time.
I couldn't wait for this trip. So much had transpired leading up to it, I knew I needed to leave. I wasn't running. For my own sanity I just knew that I required some much-needed time away. Though I did not rest much, I did have an opportunity to see how other people in the world live and operate on a daily basis. What I have come to understand is that there is a way to live a BALANCED, active, and productive life. It is not necessary to put all your eggs in one basket. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day as the next person. What we choose to do with them is completely up to our own discretion.
I used to have this piece of paper at my workstation that said, "Breathe Ari, Just Breathe." For so long I feel like I've held my breath because of fear. Fear of loss, fear of missing out, and sometimes fear of the unknown have caused me to remain stuck in my own complacency, afraid to move and erroneously calling it “faith.” Since being on this trip, that little wrinkled piece of paper has taken on an even greater meaning for me. It is finally time for me to exhale. I am learning to take each moment as it comes, accept the grace that the Lord provides for the moment, and allow the Holy Spirit to provide insight on how to manage all the rest.
My desire is to learn to breathe a little easier and to find a way to balance my God-sized dreams and my reality, and take the time to enjoy the precious moments in between. This trip was just the start.
When Ari isn't out covering events, she's working on bettering herself as a journalist, attending writer-related events, or enjoying spontaneous excursions in and around the Washington DC Metropolitan area.
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