Here’s a simple litmus test to see if the junk you’re dealing with is, in fact, Adultitis:
“When I’m with my family I’m thinking about work, and when I’m at work I’m thinking about my family.”
Is this you?
If you shouted yes, then be aware that Adultitis is running rampant and it’s time to make some changes before it’s too late.
Ask yourself — what’s the real issue? Honestly!
Have you lost the passion for your work?
Are you easily distracted?
Are you a guilt-ridden parent/spouse?
Feeling the itch to make a change in your day-to-day?
Are you dissatisfied with your family life/marriage?
Do you dislike your coworkers or bosses?
Have you stopped taking care of yourself?
Whatever it is, you need to identify it and tackle it head on. Pronto, my friend.
Yes, work might be too demanding. The kids are cranky. Your spouse is most likely burnt to the crisp from his/her own “stuff.” And yes, the house is trashed — again. These are real and justifyably Adultitis-inducing conditions. However, YOU have the power to determine if these events will send you to Debbie Downer’s camp — or worse.
The secret to being a happy, healthy Adultitis-free person involves being at peace in the present moment on a consistent basis. It’s got WAY MORE to do with the attitude and perspective you choose than it has to do with your physical surroundings and circumstances. It’s proactive instead of reactive. And the best news of all is that it’s up to YOU.
But where does that peace come from?
Well, surely not from the quick fixes, like the double lattes, water cooler gossip or indulgent Facebook time.
You need to get to the root of your distractions.
“Being wise is better than being strong, yes, knowledge is more important than strength. After all, you must make careful plans before you fight a battle, and the more good advice you get, the more likely you are to win.” – Proverbs 24:21
To fight the battle against Adultitis, you will need wisdom. Don’t feel like you have to have the strength to figure all of this out. No one is strong enough to fight these battles alone. Seek wisdom and you will find what you’re looking for.
The peace is worth it!