Just pick one


I just walked in the door from a nice long, gorgeous walk.

This morning, I found myself mulling over one thing after the other that I wanted to get accomplished today.  Knowing that my almost daily walks help me to clear my head and listen for God’s will in the foggy areas, I decided it was time to change clothes, lace up and get out.

If you read my post from a couple of days ago, The Everyday Things, you will know that earlier in the week I received a poignant reminder to slow down.  That continues to resonate in my soul.

It is easy to imagine that the faster we go, the more things we check off that list (you know, the one that never has an ending and is never going to?), the better our lives will be.  So, the outcome from that type of thinking is we hurry to do more.  Wouldn’t you agree?  However, do we do it as well?  Do we focus all of our energy and attention in to one thing and give it our best?

Let me illustrate.  Say, for example, that I feel led to go and visit some of the elderly folks in my community, just to check in and let them know they are loved and appreciated.  If I do something akin to a drive-by, pop in, hello, pop out, goodbye, it’s better than not having done anything.  But, what if I really focus on that person for say, an hour?  What if I look into their eyes, sincerely desirous to see and know their heartfelt needs?  I’m taking the time to discover how I might be of the most help to them, and at the same time, letting them know I really do care about them.

We don’t want to do things just so we can say “I did something”, or feel like I we checked an item off the list, or just “did my good deed for the day”.  The second example involves more sacrifice; it’s more of a heart thing.

Today, as I put one of my new Christmas sneakers in front of the other, I contemplated on this and I knew that I needed to “pick one”.  Pick one thing today, pour myself out and into it.  If there is time left, move on to another, but not at the expense of the first.  This is difficult, especially for women who are so adept at multi-tasking.  That’s a great talent to have in many areas of our lives, but not when it comes to relationships with other human beings.  I continue to pray that I will learn this, let it sink in and make it a habit of my own.

May we all continue to slow down, really listen and love deeply.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Collecting Details


The weekly challenge was to remember three details from your day or week and write at least a paragraph containing them.  This is my take on the challenge.

The endless blue sky was abundant with birds making the south their home for now and the mild, dry temperature, made it a perfectly beautiful day for a walk.

I slowed my pace and glanced backward as I heard the rumbling of a car in the distance behind me.  My tennis shoes made crunching sounds in the gravel as they left the smooth black pavement to let the car pass.  As the car slowed, and inched closer, I could hear the country music flowing from the radio, and as it closed the distance I could smell the smoke billowing out of the driver side window before I could see it.  When it was parallel with me, it became apparent that I could have reached out and wrote words in the dirt on it’s red paint job, but of course I refrained.

I passed the house on the corner with the always well manicured lawn and the smell of something wonderful tempted me.  I wondered if the couple who live there were enjoying their lunch together, as much as the doves were enjoying their bird feeder.  Not a quarter of a mile later, the smell of low tide assailed my nostrils as I passed the canals and creeks along my route.  The fiddler crabs hurriedly retreated to their muddy, watery refuge as they realized an intruder in the midst.

All too soon, it was time to turn around and head back home, so as not to overstay my lunch break.  This brief repose from work rejuvenates me and strengthens my resolve to face the rest of the day.  The time spent on meditation on thankfulness, in prayer and yes even in song, in the midst of God’s glorious creation, soothes me.  I can forgive the intrusion of the cars rushing by, because they remind me I’m not stuck inside, at least not for a few moments.

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