Stress and Anxiety.
Worries and Concerns.
Life’s joy can so often be taken away because of these!
Developing a way of life that allows Joy, Peace and fulfilment is a choice, albeit not always an easy one.
For me, it is too often the hassles and challenges of everyday life that speak so much louder (you know that self talk chattering away again!) and before I know it my joy has been taken and another precious moment or even a day has been stolen, never to be recovered.
The years of motherhood have taught me that not only do the seasons change so quickly, but the years are over before you know it.
I can never have today back.
Sometimes this is a good thing as some days are not so grand and I would not be too pleased if I had to experience them again!
The upside of these days?
They allow me to appreciate the better ones all the more.
How am I learning to do this?
I remind my soul that each and every day is new and has been created for me to enjoy. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow will always be tomorrow. So really, I only have today to enjoy.
I have made the decision to actively practice the art of enjoying the beauty and simplicity of each moment, like taking time to enjoy each sip of the coffee. Oh and remind my soul to thank the creator of the coffee bean J
Recently I read a story that both explained this and reminded me so well. I wanted to share it with you:
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
Remember to put the glass down.
God also reminds me of how to do this.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (The Message version)
“So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.”
Let’s stand together as friends, you and me, and believe that our moments, each and every one, no matter what we do or where we are, are precious and worth enjoying.
Your friend enjoying this moment with you