Miko’s Moments – Living in Reaction

Welcome to another Miko’s Moments.

Last week, I was struggling with time management. I found myself back in the hustle mindset, focusing on checking tasks off my to-do list and less about my mental or physical health.

I took an hour to eat lunch in the sun, and I was sitting there feeling guilty for taking a break. I thought to myself, “This is the first time I have really stopped to enjoy my front porch,” to enjoy the sound of the trees, the sun on my face, and my beautiful surroundings. That realization surprised me.

Buying my dream home was all about enjoying my space and wanting to make memories. But since moving in last year, I have been living in reaction. I have been reacting to my immediate situation, immediate wants, and needs, never giving myself the chance to live intentionally. It’s almost like constantly setting out fires. Always in a state of chaos. Being in this constant state of reaction meant giving little thought to the needs and wants of my future self.

Here’s the thing. If you are only reacting and engaging with life, you can never truly invest in building the life you truly desire.

That got me thinking about the way we spend money. Are we just reacting to our immediate situation, desires, wants, and needs? Or are we spending with intention?

It comes down to asking ourselves that question, “Am I going to be intentional or reactive today?”

Sitting in the sun for an hour made me realize the difference between my daily struggle with reacting and my desire to live with intention. I had to stop being simply ‘busy.”

Today, I encourage you to focus on not only spending with intention but also living with intention. You have the power to make something happen rather than waiting for something to happen.

Kumiko Ehrmantraut
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