Sometimes I look at my life and think, There’s a reason why you’re not further along with your work. By “work” these days I generally mean “writing my second book.”
That’s when the little voice in my head takes off:
You have too many interests.
You take on too many projects.
You are too scattered.
(I can get pretty judgmental with myself.)
There is plenty of evidence to support each of these judgments, by the way. But when I stop and drill down into them, the question that bubbles up is, what’s with that word, “too”?
Am I too curious? Too divergent-thinking? Too people-oriented?
Well, I’m 100 percent OK with all that.
And the truth is, the other interests, projects and people always end up feeding my so-called “work.”
An example: Yesterday, instead of opening up my manuscript file, I spent time on my yoga mat preparing a devotional.
Several years ago, I found Holy Yoga and did my yoga teacher training with that organization. I was surprised at the satisfaction I found taking my longtime love of yoga and centering it around my lifelong Christian faith.
People at our then-church in Vancouver, Washington — Columbia Presbyterian — got excited about the idea and encouraged me to start a yoga ministry there. Which I did, in addition to my then-“real work” in school public relations. It was a fantastic experience!
After moving to Minnesota in 2020, I thought, Maybe I should just let that yoga teaching part of my life go … refocus on my writing.
Now I am in my second summer of teaching outdoor yoga at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Moorhead.
Did I cave in? Did I fail, once again, to focus?
I don’t think so. When I’m teaching yoga, I take time each week to craft a faith-focused message. Yes, this effort takes me away from writing my manuscript. But it also is teaching me a skill I need for my “real work.”
My faith journey is a key element in the manuscript I’m working on, and this yoga teaching habit, well, it’s helping me put that challenging topic into words.
I’m curious. What activity or interest feeds your “real work”?
For more about the yoga part of my life, please see my Yoga Selah page.