Carpe diem – 5 flower essences to help you seize the day!
I’m a big reader of blogs. In recent years I’ve forgone pretty much all “real” news in favor of a well curated list of blogs that I go to for information, inspiration and commiseration.
Earlier this week, one of my favorite blogs, Studies in Hope, posted a beautiful piece entitled Begin. I highly encourage you to hop over there and read it. The gist is basically – carpe diem – seize the day. Stop waiting for the perfect time, alignment of the stars, energy or circumstances to fall into place to start your novel, use your best china or heal the world. Just begin where you are – right now – and enjoy the process along the way.
The sentiment is one I often need to hear, as someone who easily gets stuck in analysis paralysis and is very much the perfectionist. I spend more time than I’d like to admit *planning* to do things, rather than actually doing them.
Can you relate?
If so, here are a few Bach flower essences that might be right for you.
- If you’re stuck at Procrastination Station because the mere thought of getting started wears you out and makes you tired, HORNBEAM is the flower to bring motivation and energy.
- If the sheer amount of responsibilities and commitments you’ve got going on is leading to fatigue and overwhelm, grab ELM to help regain focus and confidence in your abilities.
- If you’re putting things off for some future moment, when you’ll magically have more time or energy, try CLEMATIS to bring you into the present and help you take action now.
- Check out SCLERANTHUS if you’ve got a few different, concrete things you want to do and just can’t decide which to begin with. It’ll help you clarify that which is most important to you, so you can put the others aside and begin.
- And finally, if you’re someone who has to have everything in perfect order before beginning a project or moving on to something new, try CRAB APPLE to help you let go of any perfectionist or obsessive tendencies that may be holding you back.
We only get one go ’round in this incarnation. Why spend it stuck in procrastination or avoidance? Or caught up in having things “just so”? Instead, why not choose to live your dreams and your passions, starting right where you are, and enjoying the steps as you go?
“Our time here isn’t infinite. Each day is a small work of art. Let the dust pile up. Take a vision and let it evolve. Get the words out there on the page- and then start tinkering. Start with beauty, your favorite part- the part that catches your eye. Beginning is really another way of saying becoming. Unwrap the newspaper and take out from the boxes whatever you can carry for now, and prepare the table.” – Julia Cho, Studies in Hope