Last week as I was working in my office, I spied from the corner of my eye, my cat Baloo, bounding across the garden towards me with a smile on his face and a mouse in his mouth. I leapt up as fast as I could to intercept him as I knew what his plans were – bring mouse into the house as a present for mum and play with and torment mouse until it dies. I yelled at him to drop the mouse, to which he immediately obeyed, and as the mouse ran away I scooped Baloo up in my arms and brought him inside, closing the patio door behind me.
Baloo was furious and glared and howled at me for taking his toy away, and in an effort to get back outside he proceeded to pull apart the patio door blinds and lunge himself at the door. As I tried to reason with him and explain that mice in London carry diseases and that it would probably make him sick (yes, I know it’s weird I talk to him like he can understand me), I realised that Baloo is just like a person – he was fixated on something that would not ultimately serve him; If I let him eat the mouse, chances are that he would have a bad belly ache and moreover, my bank balance wouldn’t look too healthy once I got back from taking him to the vets.
Like Baloo, I too have focused on things which ultimately didn’t serve me. A few years ago, I took my mental and physical health for granted - I was a sedentary sleep deprived caffeine and sugar addict living in constant overdrive mode, and, after years of neglect I ultimately started to suffer from burnout and panic attacks. In my quest to become physically and mentally healthy again, I had to give up or reduce my exposure to the things which did not serve me. Some of these things included – sugar, caffeine, work addiction, negative news, technology and a few toxic relationships.
Like Baloo, Sometimes the things we want do not ultimately serve us. It’s important to be mindful of what is and isn’t nourishing us – both physically and mentally.
What do you need to give up that is not serving you? Make a list and start working on a plan to remove or reduce the things in your life which do not serve you or your life’s purpose.