Align or Realign?

Dr. Fazeeda RahmanDiscussion, General, Uncategorized16 Comments

The pandemic has been a challenge for all of us in different kinds of ways. For some of us it has caused us to rearrange our lives in part or altogether due to changes in our day-to-day schedule, and all of us have had to consider how we will interact with others, if at all. It has definitely been a challenge to work from home and balance family responsibilities for me. If nothing else it has caused me to reconsider how I apportion my time now, and how I want to apportion my time after the pandemic ends. I’ve thought about what things I want to engage in and how I should focus my efforts moving forward. What I’ve come away with so far is that I want to align my life differently moving forward. While there were some areas of my life I had previously began to make changes on to have better balance in my life, the pandemic has forced me to take steps to realign disjointed areas of my life to be better connected.

Health continues to be an area that I want to focus on and am more committed to improving as well as being more in sync with what God desires for me more so than just what I desire for me. I’m learning to listen more to what God’s spirit is communicating to me and allow him to direct my steps-to take the pressure off myself ?.

What are some of the things that you are learning about yourself, your life, or other areas, particularly in light of the past month and a half of changes that have been going on? What changes do you think you may need to make to either align or realign?

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16 Comments on “Align or Realign?”

  1. During these uncertain times, I am learning to trust God more. I am also grateful for each day and all the things that I might have taken for granted, such as health, family, employment, and friends. It is a difficult time, but it also a time of opportunities. I am thankful.

    1. Gratitude is definitely an important lesson. It’s very easy to take the simple things for granted. Glad you are more appreciative of the simple things as well as the relationships in your life.

  2. I’m learning to trust God even more. He has allowed this, so he has a greater purpose. I’m happy to have my family home with me….Only a little while the Almighty will fix it. Jer. 29:11

    1. Glad you are appreciative of having your family with you. I’m curious to know if believing God has a greater purpose is part of how you are learning to trust God more.

      Thanks for sharing.

  3. During these uncertain times I’ve definitely become more closer to God. It’s strange how he needs to get our attention instead of us being obedient to his will and way from the start. I have anxiety and always had a fear of dying and I’ve always prayed to God that he allow me to raise my one and only daughter who is one of my greatest blessings!! This situation has made me realize what’s really important in life! Things like faith, having a close relationship with God, health, family, friends, and helping others! I’ve been praying that God gives me more faith because I have anxiety and sometimes my mind can race all day and night! But, I try to keep myself busy because I don’t want my daughter to see me sometimes breaking down on the inside! I’m trying to lean not to my own understanding but, sometimes I have to admit that it’s hard! Everyday I recite Psalms 118:17&18 and that helps me! ??

    1. Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing. You raised many good points- focusing on what’s important is the best way to make it through this difficult time. Keeping our thoughts busy in a good way and holding on to a scripture that helps our thoughts are good tips to manage anxiety.

      Thank you again for sharing.

  4. My number one priority is to be the best version of myself and during these uncertainties I found myself working on overdrive to accomplish it. God has shown me through many blessings that he’s enough and to let go and allow the spirit to lead me.
    My wise mother’s motto, the day you see, is the day you count.

    1. Great motto from your mother. Thanks for sharing. Focusing on being the best you, you can be sounds like great advice. God is certainly enough, but often times we forget that. We aim to fill ourselves and our lives up with external things.Allowing the spirit to guide us is key and can be a challenge at times, but definitely worth the effort.

  5. Gratitude is important during these times. Not taking much for granted. Realized alot of the things we thought were essential we’re actually pleasures we could live without. A friend posted a hierarchy of needs on social media. Right now most of us are looking to our basic needs. Maybe God wanted us to slow down a bit. Nevertheless praying all of you are staying healthy and focusing on what’s important ?❤️

    1. Sounds like you’re referencing Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Definitely the goal is to reach the top tier of needs to self-actualize, but I agree at this stage of things, having our basic needs of food and shelter met are definitely important.

  6. Recently, I have learned a lot about myself—my likes and dislikes. But the main thing I have learned are the areas that I need to grow in. For so long, I thought I had my shortcomings figured out and I thought I had all of the answers and solutions. But this time of self-reflection has taught me that that is not the case. I am looking forward to my healing and more reflection, with the strength of God behind me, especially.

    1. Time for self-reflection is definitely a good thing. Glad you are looking inwards to make efforts to grow. Thank you for sharing.

  7. This pandemic has caused me to realize how scared I am to live. I constantly live in a survival mode tiptoeing around ways to prevent conflict from happening around me. I am very consumed with reliving and focusing on the negative things around me that I want to prevent from happening. I also learned that I do not deal with painful situations, I just bury them down deep inside, so my body is in a constant anxious state. When things become so overwhelming I have amajor panic attack. I realize that I need to align my life with the will of God. I try to direct my life in the way I think God wants me to go but often I am left feeling so empty. I find when I think about my life it reminds me of the hamster in the wheel burning energy but going nowhere.

    1. Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing. You are not alone; the pandemic has caused anxiety for many people. I’m glad that you realize alignment with God’s will is what is needed for your life. I think many of us have felt as you describe- “a hamster in a wheel” at different points. Striving even if towards good means can be exhausting, if no rest is taken. I am reminded of God’s encouragement for us to be still in Psalm 46.. and know that He is God- in the good, the bad, the scary, and the absolute terrible. He is in control of everything and every situation. I hope that you are able to make time to sit and be still at Jesus’ feet so that you can experience the peace that He gives.

      Thanks again for sharing.

  8. One of the things I became aware of about myself throughout this pandemic is how important family is to me. I love family moments such as birthday celebrations, anniversaries, graduations, holidays, vacations and much more. I have also learned something that God has been showing me for sometime now in the scripture 2 Corinthians 12:9, “ My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I embrace this scripture with love , knowing that God is enough for me no matter the adversities I encounter in my life. Each day I am thankful and grateful for the opportunity, to build a continuous relationship with my Heaven Father. To learn his ways and be more like him so that I too, can share and help others in the way he has and continue to help me.

    Currently my take away from this pandemic has made me realize the significant need to realign my personal relationship with self, others, and to seek God first in Everything I do. It has also allowed me to take a step back and view my life through different lenses, to re-evaluate, and re-position individuals in my life.

    1. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like you have time to reflect and assess what is really important to you. Glad you have been able to see things and people through renewed eyes.

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