Life is just like Geology –

Geology is the study of pressure and time. That’s all it takes, really. Pressure and time – Red

The above quote is one of my favorite movie quotes that came from the movie Shawshank Redemption.

Dictionary.com website states: the definition of geology as the science that deals with the dynamics and physical history of the earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the physical, chemical, and biological changes that the earth has undergone or is undergoing.

When I reflect on life and think about the direction of where my life is headed I often think about that quote from Shawshank Redemption, our lives from the day we are born are based around pressure and time.

Pressure: Growing up we are always under pressure, pressure to get our chores done, we have pressure to get good grades, pressure to do well in sports, pressure to go on to college or learn a trade, pressure to do well at your job, pressure to be a good spouse or to be a good parent if you are raising kids, there is pressure to be a good citizen to your community. These are just a few examples of our daily lives that pressure is applied to.

Time: As kids we were always trying to get our homework done on time, trying to get chores done on time, we try to get to bed on time so that we could get up and be ready for school on time. As we got older and gained more responsibilities we try to get meals done on time, get your kids to practice on time, get the kids a bath on time. If you have a boss, that boss expects you to get your work done on time, your spouse may be counting on you to get home on time.

The above examples of pressure and time are things that have molded us into who we have become in our personal lives and those lessons of pressure and time can help direct us in how we want to move forward with our lives. Not all of our experiences of pressure and time were pleasant, but the negative times can be applied to your life to hopefully keep you from having to relive a similar situation of being under pressure that did not make you feel good.

When you feel like you can’t handle the pressure, or you feel you are just running out of time, take some time to sit down with your thoughts. Whether it’s just a few minutes, or if you can spare an entire day, use that time to reflect where you have been, how you got there, and where you want to go. Ask yourself, is this something you can do on your own or is this a situation where you need to ask for help. Remember it is normal to have doubt, and it is okay to reach out and ask for help, and it is most definitely okay to take a few minutes for yourself.

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