3-2-1 Get Balanced Wednesday
by Dr. Donnie
“Helping you align your daily behaviors with your priorities in life.”
3-2-1: Reflect – Reset – Rebalance: Let’s Reflect
| October 25, 2023
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3 Thoughts from me, 2 Quotes from others, and 1 Call-to-Action Question to help you reflect on your work-life balance and well-being habits this week.
3 Thoughts from Me
Reflect, reset, and rebalance are the 1-2-3 punches I’ve used for decades. I use it when I’m feeling in and out of balance. The feelings of being out of balance are sometimes more complicated to detect than ones being in balance.
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that our feelings are like our other sensory organs. They serve a purpose just like our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin.
When we get out of balance for too long of a time with our self-care, family relationships, or work, negative consequences usually appear. They can surface as anxiety, depression, overweight, strained relationships, racing thoughts, exhaustion, or inability to sleep. However, they often whisper warnings to us.
The challenge we face in our fast-paced, constant stimulus culture is that the noise from our environment drowns out our ability to hear the whispers. Therefore, it would be very beneficial to spend quiet time each day reflecting and listening to the whispers.
I choose to reflect in the morning. I begin by reciting what I’m grateful for from the previous day and for the current day’s opportunities. I then listen for the whispers of my feelings. Listening to these whispers provides direction for my prayers, which is the second part of my reflection.
Taking time to reflect provides us with a road map of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we want to go. It gives us the GPS coordinates to follow. And when we have this purposeful direction from reflection, it sets the stage for us to reset and then eventually rebalance.
2 Quotes from Others
“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences and failing to achieve anything useful.”
– Margaret J. Wheatley, American Writer and Teacher
“Just because we are in a stressful situation doesn’t mean that we have to get stressed out. You may be in the storm. The key is, don’t let the storm get in you.”
– Joel Osteen, American Pastor and Author
1 Call-to-Action Question for You
Take a few minutes right now to sit quietly and reflect on your work-life balance and self-care successes and challenges. What are your feelings trying to tell you about where you’ve been, where you are, and where you want to go with your health, family relationships, or any other area of life?
Dr. Donnie’s Answer: The whisper I heard has to do with my physical health. I’ve always been a healthy guy with very minimal concerns. However, when I started reflecting and listening to the soft whispers, something down deep inside my chest told me to start checking my blood pressure. I’ve been doing this for a week, and it is in the prehypertension stage. Next week, we will discuss hitting the reset button regarding what you reflected on.
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Until next week, may God bless you, your family and may the Glory be to God.
– Dr. Donnie Hutchinson
The format and style of this newsletter were inspired and highly influenced by James Clear 3-2-1 Newsletter. The content is strictly Dr. Donnie’s.