Sorry this is a day late but I didn’t get on my computer all day yesterday. One other thing that I am supposed to be working on is my stress level. I have always had too much stress in my life but I am trying to correct this problem. I am not making too many changes in this area but I am not letting myself get stressed over things I have no control over.
I had a really good Sunday. I am happy to report that the medications or lack of medications are working. I was able to play in my gardens most of the day with only minimal allergy irritation. Some people view working with plants as work but for me it is total relaxation. It is a way for me to unwind, clear my mind and relieve stress. I also feel like I am doing something positive when I grow plants.
Coincidently our sermon this week was about relieving stress. Our lives have gotten so hectic that we are under stress all week. Living for the weekend has gotten to mean working all week so that we can do home projects on the weekend. Years ago people worked all week so that they could spend time with their family and relax on the weekend. Now we work all week so we can work all weekend. No wonder so many people are stressing out and snapping.
I remember when I was a child we would take it easy on the weekends. We devoted one whole day to relaxing. It was the Sabbath and a time to slow down and give thanks. We usually slept late then headed out to Church. We started out with small group Bible study which was broken up into age groups. After bible study, everyone went into the main Church for the service. There was always “children’s time” during the service and the preacher would tell a short Bible story just for the kids. If it took a little longer than planned, that was ok. There was no time limit.
Following church we either stayed for a pot luck dinner or went to my grandmother’s house for dinner. After dinner we would just sit around and visit. While the adults were talking, the kids would go outside and play. My favorite thing to do was to go down to the ditch near my grandmother’s house and look for turtles. There were plenty of them there but they were too fast to catch. There was never any hurry to get back home. This was where we wanted to be. It was usually late when we did get back home and we would get cleaned up and then watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.
These days, no one seems to be content with where they are. We are always trying to get someplace else. There never seems to be any end to the madness. We are always thinking about what is next or what tomorrow has to offer instead of enjoying what this moment has to offer. It’s like being at an amusement park and thinking about the next ride before you even had a chance to enjoy the one you are on. Sadly we have already missed many things by rushing through life but I am beginning to realize that I am where I want to be and it is time to slow down and enjoy life.
I am at work now and you know what? It is quiet and peaceful and it really is nice. I have nothing to complain about and I am very content with my life and where I am right now. I hope you are too.
Have a great day,