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Sometimes simple and familiar is good


I was feeling two conflicting emotions at the same time this morning. Ever happened to you? The adventurous side of me, which worries sometimes that it isn’t getting enough expression in my life, was saying, “Look, it’s Sunday, you’ve been working hard, do something bold like going for a hike in the mountains so you know you’re really alive.”

But another part of me wasn’t so sure. It just didn’t seem to want to do anything too exciting or dramatic at all. I went and sat for a few minutes with JoAnn, always a good idea if I need a little help clarifying my mind about something.

She was working on a new sewing project, and of course said, as she always does, that I must decide for myself what to do. But she suggested that the past few days had been particularly exciting and challenging for me – working on a new book project that could possibly make a difference to our lives if it all works out — and perhaps what I really needed was simply to relax and let things settle down a bit.

I decided to gas up the car, a fairly safe step. But then, as I finished filling up the tank, I thought to myself, “Why not just go for a walk by the creek and be nourished and soothed by something simple that won’t need a lot of exertion?”

I sat down on a bench beside the creek

So I drove home, walked down the little hill at the back of our property and sat down on a bench to listen to the sweet sound of the creek. In just a few moments a chickadee – one of my favorite birds – began to sing, and I saw a blue jay, the first one I’ve seen this year.

I met friendly people. I met friendly dogs. I sat on a rock beside a small waterfall. I saw daffodils getting ready to bloom. It was a simple little adventure. And yet I knew it was just right. It was what I needed to do.

I felt fulfilled, rested and nourished

I felt fulfilled, and rested. I felt nourished.

Sometimes life demands that we be bold, and daring, and take a huge step into the unknown regardless of any uncertainty or anxiety we may feel, and no matter what the cost may be. There is no guarantee at all things will work out the way we hope they will — but we sense deep in our bones that our very destiny is at stake.

And sometimes simple and familiar is good. Oh, so good. May we have the wisdom to know what really needs to be done in any particular situation, and may our lives prosper because of it.

I send love and blessings and hope you have a wonderful day and a wonderful week. If you enjoyed this post please share it with a friend.

Picture credit:  Happyludo


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