I am a busy person. Most times, if you ask me how things are, I will reply with “busy!” I have endless ideas, often feel like I have endless energy, and I hate sitting still. My idea of a relaxing day is to get in the kitchen and make something, or to go in the studio and sew something, or to go outside and work in the garden.
But you can only do this for so long until it all spirals out of control.
Because our bodies need rest. And busyness requires balance. And ignoring the things that make our hearts ache does not fix them or make them go away.
And so it was that Hubby had to convince me last Thursday night that even though my to-do list seemed long and insurmountable that I did, indeed, need to get away.
We spent a beautiful, relaxing week-end with family. I read a whole book from start to finish. I crocheted myself a new pair of slippers. I looked out the window as we drove and dreamed. I played games and slept in. We went for a startling cold walk on the beach, and found beauty in the rolling of the waves, in the sand on the seashore, in the shells on the beach.
I came back more calm, more rested, and my to-do listed didn’t seems as long or as insurmountable any more.
Do you ever find yourself become so busy it seems impossible to take a break? What do you do to rest and recharge?
There are times in our lives when we need to step back, be silent, find refreshment. For me, these last two weeks have been one of those times.
Hubby and I hopped in the car and drove to the mountains. A trip we had been planning for awhile, but it could not have come at a better time.
We travelled tree-lined paths.
Listened to the music of rushing mountain streams.
And enjoyed the view.
My heart is filled with gratitude for the beauty that slows my steps and allows me time to pause, think, breathe.
And although life has come at a busy rush since our return, I still carry the stillness of the mountains.
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Jeremiah 6:16
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Despite the cold chill in the air, there are signs of Spring popping up everywhere.
These pretty little flowers are always some of the first to bloom in my garden, nestled among my tulip and hyacinth leaves. (I never actually see any tulips or hyacinths as the deer like to keep them well pruned!) I have no idea what type of flower they are, but have found them growing all over my lawn!
The rhubarb is beginning to grow! It won’t be long now until we are eating tasty rhubarb treats again!
And then….drum roll please….we have…..
Asparagus!!!! I am so excited to see the asparagus return to the garden. Last year we plunked it in with everything else and hoped for the best. Over the winter I was doing some gardening reading and realized that there are a tonne of things you are supposed to do for Asparagus when you plant it. None of which we did. To try to make up for the lack, I did give them an extra dose of compost when the ground thawed and then have hoped for the best. I am so excited to see these beautiful green spears poking up out of the ground.
There are a few signs of spring inside too….
My flower, herb, and tomato seeds have begun to sprout! I am always so excited when the first leaves begin to appear. Just another month and we’ll be setting them outside!
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Sometimes life becomes so busy that I feel like the days slip by without me really noticing them. In winter especially, when the days are short, it is not unusual for me to head to work in the dark and head home in the dark and only experience the outside world for the few minutes that I am outside with my students at the end of the day. Even the days that I am now working from home sometimes pass by in a blur in the midst of time-sensitive projects and the drive to “get it all done.”
Yesterday morning, feeling under-the-weather, but with a huge to-do list before me, I got up early and headed outside to the mailbox.
And I looked up.
And to-do lists were forgotten, the cold went unnoticed, and I just stopped. And breathed, And enjoyed.
How can you not stop when you look up and see this:
Clouds like a sunburst, textured like waves against a blue winter sky.
7:30 in the morning, kids walking to school, cars heading to work, and I’m standing in the middle of the road staring at the sky.
Then with renewed energy and a deep gratitude I headed back towards my busy day.
It’s amazing the beauty that we find when we stop and look, isn’t it?
What beauty surrounds you today?
Someone must have put in an order for Christmas snow, because on December 23 we woke up to this:
We enjoyed this snow (and more!) right through Christmas until this morning, when I woke up to green grass and rain.
Oh how I love a white Christmas! Everything just looks prettier when it is covered by a layer of fresh white snow!
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