Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Respite of Summer abounds..........

Respite of Summer..........ahhhh....doesn't that sound lovely?  A reprieve, a lull, a letting go.....a rest.
Summer actually starts this coming weekend and I am reflecting on what I would like to do for my summer for fun.......for reprieve.......for a rest.  That is a tall order for one who goes "Mach 12 with my hair on fire" most of the time, but luckily, God is working on that with me!!!  LOL

I have found after breaking my ankle this past spring that hurrying isn't the way to enjoy all that God has created.  Nope, hurrying only accomplishes another form of stress and anxiety if I continue to allow it to do so.....So, instead I have decided that a respite of summer is in order!!!  I plan on going bicycling this weekend on the Katy Trail and am going to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the person's company that I am going cares in the world type attitude.

Have you ever experienced a lull?  It means taking a break, pausing.........hmmmm...why in the world has it taken me 56 years to realize I need a lull or a pause in my life???  Not sure, but you know what?  I am going to enjoy it!!! 

Letting go.........hmmmm....what do I need to let go of?  A habit, a worry, a control issue, caretaking of others?  Why not let it go my heart says???  The concept of leting go means to relinquish that which holds you.......would you consider it?  Even if it is only for an afternoon or a day?  Ask someone else to cover a shift of caretaking for you for an hour or a day!  Let go of that worry that robs you of sleep!  Stop habitually doing something that causes you pain or discomfort!  Allow the control factor to go on vacation for a bit! 

Rest - what a concept!  Shall I actually stop all activity and rest?  Relax?  Rejuvenate?  YES!  Why not???  Take a hot bath.........go to a Yoga class.........go to a lovely park that you haven't been to in a while and sit!  Yes, sit!!!  Sip on a cup of coffee or a glass of wine with a friend..........take a look at your dog or cat lounging around your house and stay a while with them!  Read a book that has been calling your name for months - just for fun!  No work, no fuss, no worry - just rest!!!

There is something about the "lazy days of Summer" that calling my name - is it calling your name...........will you give into it and allow yourself to enjoy the summer?   I hope so because the respite of summer abounds..........

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Have you ever thought of something as insignificant?  Small, trivial, meaningless? Could there really be anything on earth that is insignificant, of no importance or inconsequential?  Honestly, I cannot imagine that! 

And yet.........imagine a time when you felt insignificant.  A time when you were very small or too young to do such and such.  Or, a teenager who didn't fit in to the "in" crowd.  Or, a young adult who cannot seem to find his or her way in this crazy life.  Or, a wife and mother who feels that staying at home with her children makes her insignificant to the business world.  Or, a hubby who feels he cannot provide for his family in the way he imagined?  Or, a grandparent or elderly person who feels they are "all used up."  We all have times or periods in our lives where perhaps we didn't or don't feel significant.  Where we felt unimportant.  Less than.  When our lives didn't seem to count for much compared to others.  Does that really make us insignificant?  Absolutley not!!!

Think about that for a minute.  If you were the inventor who created a much needed service - would you feel insignificant then?  Probably not.  What if you worked your way up from the bottom as a young professional, worked 30-35 years and was then let go from your company?  Perhaps you would feel insignificant at that point.  But really think about that for moment.  You just spent 35 working hard for a living, for your family, for your own satisfaction in learning a trade, and made a contribution every single day of your life for 35 years.  How can that be insignificant?  It cannot.  You invented a life that meant something along the way.  Big income or little income.  Lots of retirement or no retirement.  Your life matters!  What you did was important, significant, real!
Or, you spend 20 years rearing your children, keeping a home, loving your family and you compare yourself to a business person who worked at a career whose "babies" were business endeavors and their passion, and yet see yourself as insignificant?  No way!  You invented little people along the way, created a home for those you love - all of which is important, significant, real!!!

And, what about the significance of who you are as a person.  You are uniquely created - one of a kind!  No one has the same finger prints as you have or exactly the same eyes.  Yes, family members may have similar qualities and/or features, but no two are exactly the same.  Anywhere in the world this is true.  Each person of value, important, meaningful, significant.  WOW!  What a concept!

Worthy, valuable, significant.  Each one of us.  Yep!  That's right!  God created each of us uniquely different from the other for a reason.  So that we can find our significance, our gifts, our unique patterns, and share that with our family, our work, our neighbors, our community, and the world. 

There is an old saying that goes something like this:  "You may be only one person in this world, but you may mean the world to one person."  Go! Look in the mirror.  Take a peek at the person you have lived with for the past ____ years:  Yourself!  Then, tell yourself how important you are to God, to your family, to the world.  Find the significance, importance and realization of what you mean to those around you.  And, realize the ultimate inventor invented YOU!!!