As I get older, I am learning to stop and slow down. Life gets so busy and hectic at times and every now and then, I believe it is healthy to get away from the hustles of life. People today find themselves wrapped up in the chaos of jobs, marriages, raising children. To the point they forget about the pleasantries in life. The beauty of nature. The riches in LIVING!!! We spend so much time trying to make money to buy things that don’t add any significant value to our lives. People never stop to think a clear thought anymore. There are millions of things going on inside our heads and it becomes a challenge trying to process and retain this information. There comes a time when we need to stop and remember to breathe.
Lately, I’ve been under a lot of pressure in many of the previously mentioned areas. I am even facing issues concerning my health that are overwhelming. So I did the very thing I am writing about- I stopped and remembered to breathe!
My hubs decided to treat me to a weekend getaway to our favorite Bed and Breakfast located in the small town of Columbia NC. It is the perfect place to rest and relax and think. Nothing is rushed. It’s calm and secluded. I can rest here. It’s nice to have the option of doing absolutely nothing! I can read a book, or play a few levels of Fishdom, or watch television, or find a new way to style my locs ON MY OWN! 😁 I can write, get some of my thoughts on paper, or my iPad! I can listen to Justin Timberlake tell me “Let’s Take A Ride”
HOP IN THE CAR
GO WITH ME
YOU DON’T HAVE TO PACK EVERYTHING
DON’T YOU WANNA FEEL THE BREEZE,
AND FORGET EVERYTHING???
Yep! I sure do, and I did!
I met interesting people- a couple from Germany who,just moved to the U.S., a first grade teacher, a musician who’s done it all, from playing all types of instruments, to teaching music to conducting an orchestra at his church! I had the opportunity to break bread with these people. I had some amazing conversations, from bouncing ideas for my classroom to hearing stories from the old days from the older house guests.
I met a woman with breast cancer undergoing chemo. She became my focus. I watched her enjoy her breakfast. Listened to her talk about growing up not too far from the area. We engaged in light conversation. She had a soft laugh, she ate until she was content. She wore comfortable clothes and a beautiful scarf tied in the most cool fashion a top her head. As she quietly left the table, I noticed that she walked slowly, almost cautious, as if she were pushing through her pain. PUSHING PAST HER PAIN. I watched her choose to live!!!
It was an amazing experience. It gave me a fresher perspective. It made me evaluation my own set of circumstances. I love how GOD uses people to show you things. It is one thing to grasp a concept or saying through hearing. It is another thing to live that concept or saying. (2Corinthians 12:7-10)
Here’s the lesson: the purpose of this trip was not to run away from my issues. It was not to make those life issues go away, it was to provide me an outlet for me to cope with them better. I focused on ME and developed a greater appreciation for my life, developed a better understand that these issues won’t magically disappear when I return to them, but I am a little calmer, a little stronger, a little wiser. I can face them and that is one of the best feelings in the world!!!