for life, do you resign yourself to mediocrity? to the blah, ho-hum, apathetic attitude of who cares?
of course not.
When we find ourselves sitting in park, we need to rev up our engines, check the rearview, the side mirrors, and adjust our seats. We need to either back up and start over or put our lives in drive and move!
LiFe lives; it does not sit in neutral.
I find my zeal and enthusiasm wanes when I do nothing. When I sit around and look at all I have not done, and dwell on what I should have done, then the air goes out of my balloon. The flowers wilt. The lights dim. The shadows get darker. It's easy to fall into that trap of complacency. Especially after a month of frivolity, of planning for a big event, of great expectations. When the day of celebration is over, life has to go on. It has to get back to normal, or what we consider a typical routine. And sometimes, after a season of dismissing routine, we find ourselves yearning to live on the edge of expectation, of excitement, of finding something new beneath the tree or around the corner. We are ready for change and don't even know it. We want to take down the tree, bring back the familiar things we are comfortable with seeing. However, that does not satisfy that inner desire for freshness.
We want that zest, that energy, that anticipation to be restored, to linger, to feed our emotional needs. Little do we realize that it is our mind and spirit that needs to be energized. We need new batteries. Fresh flowers. Warmer, sunnier weather. And no, it is not a vacation we need--though one might be in order if we fail to give our bodies any rest. So, what do we do?
Plan. Plan the garden. Plan a pergola. Plan a day trip to the nursery. Plan an afternoon in the mountains (easy to do here in Lawton, we have Mt. Scott and Medicine Park just 20 minutes away). Go sit by a lazy river and watch the barge flow by. Go visit the zoo or aquarium. Head for the biggest florist shop in town. Go breathe life. Bring home some plants or start some hyacinths in a bowl. Take some pictures. Buy a jigsaw puzzle of flowers and beautiful things. Peel and orange and read a new book. Paint a picture. Make something--anything...just don't sit there in neutral. Go visit some shut-ins with a box of your Christmas photos. If nothing else, go buy a box of "Thinking of You cards" and send them to everyone you think may need a bit more zest in their life today. ~hariette petersen
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