S I M P L I F Y

I just finished a wonderful retreat with twelve other women. We laughed, cried, danced, ate, meditated, journaled, created – all in an effort to step away from our normalcy and consider a new normal that includes slowing it down! My goal for 2011 is to put more life into my life! As the hymn goes, time is filled with SWIFT transitions. I don’t want to wake up one day and realized that, though I had accomplished many things, I had forsaken the greater… ‘love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, strength, mind and your neighbor as yourself.”

Neighbor encompasses a lot of folk, from the baby lying in your arms, your spouse, parents, the folk who live in your community, the ‘bum’ on the corner as well as the folk on the other side of the world. And loving all of these folk in a way that honors the Lord starts with loving SELF the way God loves you! When we love ourselves, we have more love and compassion to share because we offer it from a full well!  When we love self in a Godly way, we take care of ourselves. We cannot expect anyone else to take better care of us than we take care of ourselves! And when we are well-tended, we have better capacity to take care of others in a way that does not make us into self-created martyrs.

So, brothers and sisters. take a few minutes each day to shift your focus.  One way to do it that is to

SIMPLIFY

Slow Down

Imagine Doing Less

Make Time for Loved Ones

Practice Patience

Learn to Quietly Say No

Increase Your Quiet Times

Follow Your Heart

Yield to LIFE

(author unknown, Portal Publications)

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