I wear a silver chain necklace at all times. I sleep with it on. I shower with it on. It’s always on. It’s a very meaningful necklace – it’s a reminder for me to come back to the present. When I see it in the mirror, when I feel it against my skin, it’s my wake up call to center myself and breathe.

About a month ago I noticed that it had a small kink in it. I didn’t think much of it – I figured that I would take it off and fix it when I had the time. A couple of weeks went by and again I noticed this kink. This time, I thought about taking it off, finding a needle, and fixing it. But…this was just a passing thought – I quickly became distracted and went about my busy life.

While I was brushing my hair in the mirror today, I noticed it again. The kink had grown. It now looked like it would be much harder to fix – it seemed like it would take a lot longer to untangle. And it got me thinking that had I simply taken it off when I first noticed it, it would’ve been a five-minute fix. Now, because I waited, it’s going to be a whole project to get this necklace back to health.

And I can’t help but think that this is a wake up call for me – for you – for all of us. So many of us go about our lives in a daze most of the time. If we’re being completely honest, we’re thinking about what’s next, what’s coming up – rather than being present with what is happening in each moment. We are always in motion. And when kinks arise, we push them aside or stuff them down rather than taking the few moments to work them out and move on. We figure they’ll just go away or work themselves out. But they don’t, do they? These life kinks can become tangled into a huge mess if they aren’t dealt with and handled when they appear.

They are whispers from our soul letting us know that we should pay attention to something. They can appear as frustrations, health concerns, fears, or inner naggings. What they all have in common is that they are inner pullings – things we really should be hearing, and yet we feel that we’re too busy to slow down and listen to them.

Think about the kinks in your own life.

What are you setting aside to deal with later?
What is your soul wanting you to pay attention to now?
How can you devote a few minutes today to do exactly that and begin to untangle these situations?

Let’s learn to pay attention to the small kinks that are easily mended rather than waiting for our entire necklace of life to become one big tangled mess.

Yes, let’s do that.

For now, I’m off to start the process of untangling my necklace. And while I’m doing that, I’m going to be thinking about where else these kinks are showing up in my own life. Hopefully I can move onto those next. I invite you to do the same.