One Saturday mid morning I was sitting at my computer hunting down some sort of something. It might have been a mad quest for information or a computer part. Whatever it was, it was interrupted with Ashley saying,
“Hey Mom? You want to hang out… We can go to…”
The rest of her words might as well been whomp whomp whomp because I was a bit taken at my daughter asking for me to hangout with her. It’s not unlike her, but I was still excited and all sorts of thrilled. She offered to pay for gas too!! Does anyone offer gas money anymore? I haven’t heard that in years, but we are teaching our kids that it common courtesy to offer gas money. Anyway, I hurried away and got ready to go. We went to the shops and stopped in one of the most hipster coffee places there, Dripp. Their coffee preparations are something interesting to watch. This time I didn’t get coffee. I tried their Vanilla Bean ice cream and a hot tea drink. I’m sorry I forgot what the tea was called but it was something unique. We sat outside and enjoyed the weather. She sat across from me taking photos of her food, a bad photo of me, and posted them to social media accounts. I sat across from her doing the same, air dropping photos to each other all while people watching. It was a nice day to sit outside and enjoy the weather, scenery and some treats. Afterwards we walked, laughed and chatted. She shopped and offered to buy my some socks and jewelry. I really felt appreciated and thankful for the gestures. I didn’t get jewelry but I did take her up on get some socks though! They were irresistible cute bear socks so when I put them on I would have “bear feet and not be barefoot!” ha ha ha! I crack me up sometimes. Any how, it was a very rare, nice relaxing day. All was well.
Life rarely has days like that for us. Most of the time it’s rush here, rush there, pick up here, drop off there, scrub here, scrub there, and so on. It can be tiresome. We have to make a point to stop and just enjoy some of the day. I admit, if she had not stopped me, I would have had a regular day of doing this and that and not fully enjoying life that day. The older I get, the more I see that we are supposed to enjoy what the Lord has given to us. There is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). It is not always time to work on our forever growing “To Do List.” It is appropriate for us to take a break. Take a day off, in fact take more than one day off. Life is so short and unpredictable to wear ourselves down with constant work. There are always things that need to be tended to, but it can wait at least for a moment. For your health,
Sit and do nothing for a moment... daily.
It’s ok to make a point to “do nothing” for the sake of rejuvenation. It’s been researched and recommended, Do Nothing and Nothing To Do: The Hidden Value of Empty Time and Boredom. It doesn’t have to be anything like a tropical vacation, although very desirable, but not always doable. You can actually just sit. Sit outside for a moment. Sit in front of the fireplace since fall weather is upon us, sit on the couch, just sit. Rest. Breathe. Let your mind relax. Cast all your cares upon The Lord while you are sitting. Any negative words and worries should be canceled out by speaking the Word of God. Take care of yourselves. Do it for yourself and your family.