Did you ever find yourself in a snit about little things that seem to accumulate?
I had medical appointments and procedures over the last couple of weeks (everything’s fine) but got behind on reading blog updates, emails, etc. My schedule was thrown off and getting out of my usual routine really got under my skin.
You look at the salt shaker on the counter and think, Why is this here? It belongs in the cabinet! Stupid, small things become monumental.
Why is it overcast today? Just to annoy me? You start to think that everyone is doing things just to get on your nerves.
It becomes an almost tangible roadblock that can lead to a kind of spiritual gridlock.
You start to think everything’s out of whack, when really, it’s just a matter of pruning. Taking stock of what’s most pressing, and tending to the roots.
This is what matters most in life: faith, family, friends. Praying, staying in a peaceful state of mind, taking care of yourself. The rest is really just logistics.
We spend so much time making sure all our ducks are in a row that we forget to feed the ducks! Don’t neglect to do the very things that would smoothe out those edges:
- Pat your pets
- Look at the sunset
- Re-read a favorite book
- Listen to music
- Relax in a comfy chair
- Read uplifting passages from Psalms
- Wear a comfy sweater, even if it has a hole in it
Don’t throw out the sweater because it’s got a little imperfection. Sew it up, if you know how, or just toss on a scarf. Who’s going to know? Keep the comforts close at hand, so when it feels like life is getting out of control, you remember: there’s always tomorrow.
Count your blessings. Life is good.
Yeah, I realize that this post has more clichés per capita than a basket full of fortune cookies, 😊 but this is the gospel truth: God’s got your back.
Ride it out, and next thing you know, the sun is back up again. And lo and behold! All is well.