I’ve been exceedingly hard on myself lately, as life has been throwing some cogs in my usually fast-turning wheels in the form of unpredictable weather, disappointments, illnesses, deaths and other unexpected, unfortunate events that have prevented me from accomplishing everything both personally and professionally that I want to accomplish on my desired timeline. As a result, I’ve had to make a few compromises with myself and cut myself some slack. And I have not enjoyed having to do this. The word “compromise” when it comes to art I create, work I do for others and my half of friendships, relationships, etc. is a very dirty word in my vocabulary.
For instance, last week, something had to disappear from my schedule. And it was Happy Monday Quotes. I know no one is waiting with breath drawn for this post every week. But I still felt lazy. And then, I decided to take Thursday off, because it was the most logical day to take a break, vowing I would work through the weekend to make up for it. Unfortunately an unplanned ER visit on Saturday and necessary recovery time afterwards threw that whole plan out the window. Even as so many aspects of my life are filled with love and joy, there are still some aspects that haven’t quite caught up yet.
We all need to go a little bit easier on ourselves sometimes and realize that a day, a week, a month or even a year of slowing down does not mean we are lost causes. Life will force us into mandatory break mode when we think we don’t need it, but often it is to help us rest our hearts and heads to grow into what we are becoming and be ready for the bountiful times that will show up to delight us when we least expect them.
Here are a few quotes about the beauty of compromise.
“To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That’s what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul – would you understand why that’s much harder?” — Ayn Rand (from The Fountainhead)
“Can compromise be an art? Yes–but a minor art.” — Joyce Carol Oates
“There’s more than one way to skin a cat, my father used to say; it bothered me, I didn’t see why they would want to skin a cat even one way.” — Margaret Atwood (from Surfacing)
“They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?” — Princess Diana