I am so grateful for each and every one of you that stops by to read this little piece of blogland. I wish you great and overflowing joy this Christmas morning!
Wise women know that reflection is part of every well-lived life. We need time to just be. To give ourselves permission to do nothing. That was a very difficult lesson for me. My mother was very insistent that Sunday afternoon was for anything we wanted to do except work. My father agreed but he was also admanant about “work or you don’t eat”. Guess which one stuck in my head! You’d think I be perfectly balanced with that background, but naaah —-.
Back to the wise women. It is in time of reflection that we can celebrate our successes but more importantly let go of our failures, whatever those may be. We can lock in the lessons learned so we don’t have to repeat them. We begin to love ourselves again and in doing that, the love that we can offer to our spouse, our children and the rest of the world grows and expands. With self understanding comes the insights that keep us from settling for second best. We begin to think about what we need and what we want for ourselves and for our loved ones. From this place of caring, we are then free to move forward for the next leg of our journey called life.
Our versions of “doing nothing” will vary because we all still have basic responsibilities to be met. Perhaps like my mother you can declare one afternoon or evening free time with a clear beginning and ending. On Sunday, free time began when mid day meal cleanup was over. Mom would put out a light supper at 6pm for us to help ourselves. We all knew that when supper went back in the refrigerator that we were back in the routine. Plan what fits you and your lifestyle. Wise women plan for time to reflect and renew, whether it is in bits each week or a longer time every few months or once a year.
Because I believe that – and because I need to practice that! – I am taking time for the next week to read that pile of magazines, cruise the ‘net, and be with my family. And in between I will create time to think and dream, reflect and renew– and just be. In the meantime, thanks to some other wise women, there will be a couple of amazing recipes to grace your New Year’s Eve, so do stop back. And maybe check out some earlier posts if you are new here.
Wishing you joy today and everyday …….
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Kim B. says
GREAT post Charlene! Have a wonderful Christmas & a blessed 2012!
Thanks, Kim — I appreciate your kind comments! Happy New Year!