I often hear the refrain of Viktor Frankl in my mind, “Once I knew the why, I could deal with any how.”
I never intended to have a blog. That was something that other people did. One night as I laid in bed thinking about how I could help people, the idea of the blog came right to my mind. The name came to me and my first post was rolling across my brain like a ticker tape so I got out my phone and wrote it down. Starting something new is easy. Maintaining something new is not.
Over the past several months I have had multiple people ask me what my plan going forward for the blog was. I didn’t have a great answer because I didn’t know myself. The response I typically gave was that I was pregnant and had little motivation myself, so it didn’t exactly feel genuine to put up motivational posts when I didn’t even feel like doing anything myself! This was true at one point, but then I got my energy back. I still didn’t feel like writing posts. I didn’t want to put in the work. Then, I had my baby. I no longer had the excuse of pregnancy but I knew I could use the “tired new mom” for quite a while if I wanted it. But I knew they were all excuses of one brand or another.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -Mahatma Gandhi
The truth is I have missed writing these posts. When I was writing daily, I found myself looking for deeper meaning in simple things. I looked for the good and positive elements even in difficult situations. I was continually reminded that when we focus on other people and events, instead of just what is happening in our own immediate circle of life, we improve ourselves without even realizing it. This realization has helped bring me closer to finding the why of my writing. As I look for the good around me, I am better able to stay out of the dark and come into the light.