I've been noticing lately... how often I use the word "busy".
And I have noticed often I hear the word "busy" in conversation. We are a busy lot!
I have been making a conscious effort to use this word less often, and since I've been noticing, I'm realizing how hard this really is!
I decided last week to write a blog about it, and was very amused when that VERY day I get an e-mail from a family member with the subject title "You are a very busy lady!".
I wondered, as I reclined in my easy chair this evening, doing my computer puzzle, how I pull off that persona. I have come to believe it myself.
And yes, my life is full. It is rich. And I am so grateful it is meaningful.
And sometimes, like this very week, I need to slow down, to rest, to savor life. Yesterday was our wedding anniversary. Nineteen years! So I didn't write a blog, like I usually do on Tuesdays, we both took a day off any scheduled work, and scheduled play instead.
We had a lovely picnic at the beach - and I love picnics! And then wandered around the Okanagan in the air-conditioned comfort of our car and just took in the beautiful scenery of our beautiful valley.
It truly was a lovely day.
I am grateful for every day I am well and have energy to do the tasks before me. I understand so well when pain and lack of energy get in our way.
And so I'm ditching the word "busy". Yes, my life is full. Full of good things, of being with people, of ministry opportunities, of listening, of delighting in relationships with family and friends.My calendar is full of good things.
And it is also full of wondrous ordinary things, like laundry - I have lovely clothes to wear, like a simple garden to tend which produces beauty and food, like a messy kitchen where we just concocted a lovely nourishing meal.
I am grateful for each new day, as I get up and shake off the aches, and I can thank God for fresh air, for beautiful scenery, for the gift of coffee, and so much more. I am alive!
This year my theme word is JOY. I have found that it is often a choice. The more I see life as a gift, and practice gratitude I am nourished by joy.
There is no boredom here... another word to throw out! There is life to live, work to do, loved ones to care for, and a deep gratitude for life itself.