Giving Gifts - A Gift for Yourself
As the new year approaches I've been thinking about 2017... almost with anxiety. You too? Why? Perhaps it's knowing that the holidays are over and life will return in a big way and with full force. There is so much that occupies us and drains us. I have found that the answer to quell my own anxiety is to retreat almost daily to my own "recharging station" which is a quiet place in my home that is out of the way and usually just for me. I use it to refill and renew. My area includes a comfy chair, a side table, good light, a few pretty things including a peaceful image on my wall, a thankful journal, a few books to inspire me, paper for notes so that I can jot down my distracting thoughts to deal with later, and of course, tissues for when I release the junk of life and just cry. Let's be real, we all need to do that on occasion. I talk with God. I sit and do nothing. My mind and self become quiet and I feel refreshed, ready and recharged.
Have you created a small area in your home for your own recharging? Consider this a gift to yourself that will later flow out to others. Without having this space for ourselves to recharge we often come up empty when others need us. Your recharging station needs to be simple yet intentional. Make it a destination place in your home and not an everyday space. Make it comfortable, cozy and beautiful so that you are inspired and refreshed. Perhaps you are someone who struggles with quietness and you feel that you need to be with others all the time. That's ok. Be a gift to yourself first. Fill up in your space, take time to absorb our own thoughts, think of others with fondness, remember what you are grateful for, recharge in the way that works best for you and then ... go out and be with others because you will have something of yourself to give to them!
Happy end of December.