In today’s world of electronics and social media it can be hard to disconnect. I found this to be a welcomed side effect on our western holiday trip. We went for hours, either on the road between or at each location, without cell service. At first it was a bit unnerving. The thought that you are on your own should something happen can be unsettling. And then the freedom sets in. Freedom to be still. Freedom to listen. Freedom. It was glorious!
The real test I am finding is creating my quiet place amongst the noise. Carving out my area where I can go to be still, to be quiet, to listen and hear His voice. I have taken the first steps… making it a priority and acknowledging the importance of disconnecting. Now I am working to create my space.
How bout you? Do you have your quiet space?
Footnote: The peony picture above was chosen for its essence of peace and happy life.
My daughter and I recently ventured out west visiting 9 of Mother Nature’s wonders in 6 days. Not only were the locations magnificent, but the drive between each was equally as peaceful and beautiful. These wonders included National Parks, State Parks, Conservation Areas and one located on the Navajo Nation.
As I reflect on the vastness and digest the magnitude of years it took to create each, I am reminded that while each is spectacular in its own way, one thing they all have in common is time. It took time and patience to form the wonders we see today.
Time and patience do not always come easy for me. I tend to rush to judgement when I get off track. Is this something you do as well? Does this rush to judgement keep you from moving forward? I know I find myself letting it push me off track. It will take too long to get started again… I don’t have the time to give it… I have let it sit too long. These are some of the self-doubt chatters that can keep me from moving forward. This trip, these parks, these wonders, have reminded me that time is only an enemy if I allow it to be. I am reminded that each bit of time given is valuable whether it be large blocks or small blocks. Any amount of time will keep me moving forward. I am also reminded to be patient with myself. Patient when I encounter obstacles that can derail or delay my journey. Obstacles are inevitable, moving around them to continue forward is the task.
With this in mind, I will work to practice patient and forgiveness with myself when I get off track. I will work to remember that great journeys require time and patience. The important thing is to keep moving forward, to keep carving out time.
I am excited to see where this journey will take me…
Making my way back… Much like these flowers, I have been covered up with life for a bit. This past year or so has been filled with changes, moves, new friends and blessed time with treasured friends and family.
I am filled with optimism and joy as I make my way back to His path for me. Optimism and renewed faith that tomorrow will bring new opportunities. Opportunities to grow, to share, to be quiet and allow His voice to guide me. For this truly is not about me, it is about Him. Listening, following, learning, growing, trusting…. Him.
Is there a path you have been afraid to follow? It only takes one step to get started. Let’s take that step. Follow that path. One day at a time, one step at a time. Let’s do it together!
I am embracing faith and gratitude as we enter this holiday season. Faith that handing fear, worry, anxiety, doubt… over to Him can make all things possible. And gratitude that I might not lose sight of today’s blessings while searching for tomorrow’s miracle.