Sometimes life in general gets on top of us. Everyday, there are bills to pay, telephone calls to make, paperwork to sort out, children to dress, housework to do, revovations to attend to, work to finish, work to get to, shopping to do, food to cook, telephone calls to make, people to see, places to go, and things to do and on top of all of this we need to eat, sleep, take exercise, drink water, and spend some time just being.
Have you ever wondered how life has become so busy? Do you take enough down time? Rest is as essential for our lives as exercise, eating, drinking and breathing. But I sometimes think we forget this, I know I certainly do. I have just realised recently that I am very good at packing my day full, so there is barely a moment to look up from a hectic schedule, and then I realise two things -
One - Life is not a television schedule, its messy things take longer than expected, they don't happen when we plan, and there are interruptions, diversions, and if your living in Northern Ireland (like me) at the moment, increasingly - bomb scares, and the chaos that ensures, both practically and in our minds; to deal with.
Two - Life takes longer than I expect and I should give myself a break, rather than always chasing my tale, and berating myself because I haven't ticked points 53 and 67 off my daily 'to do' list and be realistic, about my expectations of what I can get into a day.
We weren't build to run 24/7 -365 days per year, without stopping, life is not about go go go go go go go go go go. We need to take time out each day, and we need to take one day off a week.
It is about taking time to enjoy the wonder that surrounds us on a daily basis, whether that is the chat with the lady at the store, helping friends move house, making a cake, picking up the telephone and making those calls that need done, going for a walk or a run. Or as I did with my friends today, just eating lunch outside by the sea, listening to the waves with my shoes off.
If you aren't feeling well today, stop and ask yourself three questions -
1 - Do I get enough Sleep/rest?
2 - Do I get enough exercise?
3 - Do I eat properly?
These three things are essential for life, and so much of our stresses and busy craziness stem from not having them right.
We need to take time every day to be. To connect with family or friends, to enjoy what we are eating, to listen to those that need us, or some lovely music, to enjoy the sunshine or rain on our faces, to be alone with our thoughts, to give or receive a hug, and to enjoy nature, to take our dogs for a walk and to pray, pray, pray. Prayer our core foundation for life, that never-ending conversation with the Father. Chatting to the one who makes it all possible, to give Him everything that makes us anxious, stressed or upset, to celebrate with him when things are making us smile, to give thanks that we live in an amazing planet,
We need to take time out of life's craziness to 'just be', our each breath, each day, each thing - a prayer to him.
Wow, my fingers have possibly never typed so quickly, so much to write and only five minutes. Five Minutes, One Prompt, JUST TYPE, that makes Five Minute Friday, which you can find out more and take part in here. It is run by the wonderful Lisa-Jo. Head over and have a go yourself!
Happy Friday folks. What are you up too this weekend?
Tomorrow I am singing with Belfast Community Gospel Choir, at a jazz festival, and Sunday my Mama goes into hospital, keep her in your prayers if you have time. Thank you
That's it for now...
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