Bathing in Blessings
Oh, dear friends! I’m so glad you’ve found your way here. The road is long, the journey is difficult and it’s easy to bend under the crushing weight of our burdens, the insane pace of busy lives. We’re tired. We’re jittery. We’ve lost our sparkle. How does it happen?
I get the jitters when I drink cup after cup of coffee to keep productivity high when motivation is low. I get the jitters when I’m racing to meet the expectations of others, be present for the people in my midst, and accomplish the tasks at hand — all at the same time. I yearn for a quiet corner and one. quiet. minute. to rest. I’m jittery when my head spins.
Our souls crave peace, order and rest.
I’m hoping we can all find a bit of that here on Sunday evenings. I can’t pretend to know the worries on your mind, but I do know this quote to be true: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
There is no recipe for happiness. Instead, cling to blessings. If we are aware of the goodness of life, the precious moments in each and every day, happiness will shine in our souls. The shadows of doubt and worry will be hushed like dust bunnies in the corner of a beautiful room.
In Sabbath, Wayne Muller writes:
Our wealth arises from our capacity to bless and be blessed. We are not blessed because we are wealthy; we are wealthy because we take time to bless.
If we speed up and saturate ourselves with accomplishment and worry, we may defile what is sacred with our mindlessness. Time is the key. Time, and attention. If we grab a sandwich as we run out the door, this is eating. If we take a small crust of bread and a sip of wine, in a mindful gathering of other beings, this is a sacrament. It is neither the food nor the eating but the time and the mindfulness that reveal what is holy.
And isn’t that what we all seek? Time to be holy … time to be wholly rested and resolved.
Find the holy time to be wholly present.
Let’s focus on taking a few minutes — every day — for holy time. A time to be wholly present with our thoughts. Do not think about your to-do list. Do not think about your husband or your children or your family or your job or the bills or the supper dishes or the resolutions you’re already not keeping.
There comes a moment in our striving when more effort actually becomes counterproductive, when our frantic busyness only muddies the waters of our wisdom and understanding. When we become still and allow our life to rest, we feel a renewal of energy and gradual clarity of perception.
When we cease our daily labor, other things — love, friendship, prayer, touch, singing, rest — can be born in the space created by our rest. Walking with a friend, reciting a prayer, caring for children, sharing bread and wine with family and neighbors — those are intimate graces that need precious time and attention … begin simply by saying, “Today I am going to pamper my soul.”
Get to the Glitter
Can you spare five minutes? If you’re still reading, you’ve sacrificed more than that and I’m thankful. I want you to be blessed. You bless me just by stopping by! And our task for the week — I say “our” because I intend to work on creating this new habit as well — is this:
Week 1: Bathe in Blessings
Seek joy! React to fear/doubt/worry by taking five minutes to focus on blessings.
What blessings will you focus on this week when those dust bunnies of doubt and chaos swirl around you? If you know, share it with us in the comments. And please continue to share throughout the week. Together we can dig deep, grab the glitter and sprinkle some sparkle on every day! And if you’re looking for motivation this week, check out the Jitter to Glitter board on Pinterest!
Questions? Thoughts? Something you want to add? Let’s chat in the comments!
*This first Jitter to Glitter post was inspired by Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives.