Wednesday, March 21, 2012
RENEWAL AND REBIRTH
This past week,I've read blogs about women with empty nest syndrome,others worried about the health of loved ones or their own health, others fearful about the economy and what it means to their own stability. My dear friends, I want to assure you that just as those old gray twigs bring forth lovely bright spring flowers, so is our Lord working miracles in your life. But just as sometimes the plants need the help of a gardener to prune away the dead branches, we sometimes need to prune away the dead branches of our lives; the self-doubts, the should ofs, the what ifs, the guilt, and the worry. Don't let them take over and ruin the beautiful bush that is your spirit.
"Well", your probably saying," easier said than done!" One thing that I've found that helps is to be a little selfish (just a little). I know that bucks conventional wisdom, but I truly believe even the best Christian, wife and mother needs a little time to themselves just to connect to their self and renew their spirits. So each day, I set aside a half hour to do something just for myself. Whether it's reading something just for entertainment that doesn't serve the purpose of educating, or proving to someone that I'm an intellectual. Just something purely entertaining. For me that's childhood favorites like Anne of Green Gables or the Betsy-Tacy books. BTW, I must confess that I've become quite impatient with this snobbery that only certain books (such as Glenn Beck and Oprah's book lists and PBS) are deemed worthwhile. Read and watch what you want and hang those that think you are shallow or silly if it isn't "serious". Or doing a craft for the love of it. Not for a gift or for charity, or as often in my case, to be sociable, just for the enjoyment. Or how about watching your favorite childhood sitcom on Youtube. Swing in a hammock and daydream. Go outside and do some cartwheels. It doesn't matter what it is, just as long as it makes you happy. Just for a little while tuck away all the thoughts about what a mature person should be doing, stow away the worries and just be a child again. Just for one half hour a day unpack your burdens and feel the joy, just like shucking that heavy winter coat after a long winter!