Life gets busy, one day turns into the next, our to-do lists gets longer and longer, obligations and appointments sneak up on you. It seems from the minute I open my eyes until I close them late at night, I am going 90 to nothing, with very little sleep in between.
My mind gets so jumbled up with what I am suppose to do everyday, It makes me crazy somedays.
I don’t know about you, but I get so anxious and hurried, that I feel guilty for having a little time for myself to create and do what is necessary.
I finally took some time this last Sunday to just walk our fence line and see what this scorched, Texas weather has done to our land. At first glance, it looks dried up and parched. But when I looked closer, beauty made herself visible.
My to-do list took a backseat to my calmness of walking in nature. It gave me pause, a new clarity, a balance of gratefulness and joy.
Nature has a funny way of showing up with exactly what I need to know. I felt that I was fried, withered and just plain old tired from the “heat” of everyday challenges.
But finding, instead of just giving up, letting the anxiety and feeling doubt take over, nature turns herself into beautiful vignettes.
Subtle little things catch my eyes, opens them up to see the big picture. A full illustration of what life is about. ” The flowers do not compete with other flowers, they just bloom to their full potential”. Bees and birds do their very best to take care of their own without complaining.
The spider has a lot of time just hanging around on her web, lots of time to ponder what needs to be done. She is rested when it is time to get to work and can do her very best with clarity, definition and skill.
There are always going to be days when a wrench is thrown into the best laid plans. My decision is to not be so hurried and anxious about things out of my control or how people expect me to be. To be rested and calm when a wrench is thrown into my day.
Another lesson in nature…the thistle has beauty and blooms on her own time, but has a defense against what she does not want near her.
God gave us Grace to be able to handle any tough decision, strength to get through each day and a brain to think for ourself. We are all individuals with different priorities. That does not make me wrong and you right or visa versa.
Having spent a few hours in the fields and woods, I came out with a better understanding of where and what I should be doing. I am basically a calm, quiet person who really doesn’t get upset. So it goes against my nature when my mind and heart go into turmoil over things that are out of my control or what people want or expect of me. We all have to set boundaries to protect ourself and our hearts, just like the thistle.
Just like the dried up flowers that should be long gone, with just a little gumption, determination and hope, she blooms in the most difficult situation. This will be my new thought process: I will stay true to myself, do what I know is right in my heart, be kind and grateful. To bloom in my own time, and not someone else’s schedule.
I will follow natures and God’s lead to be my authentic self. As I get older, it is harder to set boundaries, but I am going to give it a whirl! I suggest everyone mind their own, set boundaries, be grateful and just like in nature, we will all have beautiful vignettes to share with others.
1 Peter 5:7
p.s. I will have my kitty mugs on my website shop very shortly..purrfect for the cat lover!