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“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”
Good morning, friends! Did you wake to a blanket of powdery snow like I did? However you woke, I hope the day has improved from that starting point. Now, on to it…
The contrast of last week and today could not be more stark for me if it tried. Last week I was so busy, so stressed, so pressured that even my 10-year-old son asked me if it was as bad (stress-wise) as Easter week. I crashed on Saturday. Today, we have the aforementioned snow that has closed schools and parked us at home for at least a day. The roads may be clear but my Prius can’t make it up the snow covered driveway, so inside I am for a day. And all is quiet and peaceful.
I imagine you have similar stories. You work yourself into a tizzy. You busy yourself into exhaustion. You schedule yourself into confusion. Rest is most often a byproduct of some other action: a flat tire, a cold, or a snowy day. It seems like we’re doing ourselves no favors, to put it mildly.
I could waste my time asking philosophical questions of “Why?”, but I’d rather wonder “How?” How can we better balance our lives to make room for peace, stillness, and quiet? How might we value higher the benefits of regular rest? How will we say to ourselves, “I will not work myself into exhaustion; I will balance life to be the best me at all times?” Sounds like a plan to me. How about you?
Believe it or not, you are the master of you and you are the protector of you. Do whatever you need to do, now, to balance your life. No one else will do if for you and it won’t snow enough to benefit you. And you don’t need that many flat tires! Create some slack in your life every week and know the benefits of the new energy. I know you can, but will you? Have a great week!