I washed the bedspread on my bed today. I couldn’t recall the last time it was washed, so it must be time.
Once it was in the dryer, I noticed something revelatory.
It was balled up in a tight ball, bouncing all around.
The dryer was set on the wrong setting for its lightweight.
It reminded me of the times in my life I was curled up like a tightly wound ball. Life would be too much to handle, and I would just bowl through and begin again.
Pulling the bedspread from the dryer, I unwrapped it and released its ball-like shape. Placing it back in the dryer on the Permanent Press setting, it dried beautifully.
What is your setting?
Maybe you are feeling older than you are and need some ‘wrinkle release.’ Today may be the day you need to go easy on yourself, so ‘Delicate’ cycle it is, or you need some air, so ‘air fluff’ sounds dreamy.
Whatever cycle of life you are in, I hope you find the right setting.
Shout out to my daughter for sending, and knowing…
My daughter started with succulents. That was easy because you can get away with ignoring those.
Then she suggested Boston Ferns for the front porch this year. That was scary. You see, I tend to over care. They have always looked intimidating. How could something that beautiful be easy to care for?
They are easy, so I gained confidence, and bought an indoor plant. At the time, it spoke to me for two reasons. It looked the way I felt inside, and it was $2.00. If I killed it, it was not a large investment.
It was going in my bedroom, which was kept cool, and dim. It doesn’t receive a lot of natural light, unless the drapes are opened. They weren’t opened very wide at the time, if at all. We enjoyed the dark.
After about a week, I noticed the plant was loosing it’s rich green color. It wasn’t receiving enough light. so I turned the lamp on for it, but it still looked sad.
It was turning brown, so I took it into the kitchen, and sat it in the sunny window. That was too much light at once, so it fried it. What had I learned?
I took it down from the window sill, and sat it on the counter near the light. Eventually it began new growth, but it was slow. After a couple of weeks of doctoring, I went back to the plant store, and bought a new one to try again with my newfound knowledge. The lady who helps me, looked puzzled because she knew I had already purchased one a month before.
She asked about that one, and I said, “I killed it.”
Handing me the new one, she said, “Try it again.”
When you travel by plane, the stewardess will ask that you put your phone on airplane mode. I use that time for my phone and me to rest, and turn it off.
That setting does come in handy though. I use it every night before bed. If I set the alarm on my phone to wake me up the next day, this setting allows the alarm to do so. The phone operates normally because email, messaging, and social media notifications come in, but are kept quiet. No more being jolted awake by the buzzing of life via phone.
You have power over your life, but are you in control?
This morning, I grabbed a cup of coffee, and sat in the front porch swing, watching the day begin. A bird has decided to build a nest in one of our Boston Fern hanging baskets. You can read about those here. As I sat there, she flew by with a beak full of twigs, and landed on the chain holding the swing in place, right beside me. As if saying, “Top of the morning to ya!”
There is nothing in my life today that comes before the beauty of a new day. Just sitting quietly, spending time with God, and pondering the days possibilities. I wouldn’t be awake if it wasn’t for Him, so it makes sense to spend time in gratitude for another day.
Life has a natural ebb and flow. Are you in it?
Sleep. That will be another Blog, but I will say this. Listen to your body, and I mean really tap in. My body needs a solid 7 hours a night of rest. If I’ve had a busy week, I don’t set my alarm Friday through Sunday. My body wakes up when it’s ready for the day. Walking across the room, I glance at my phone to see what came in and is waiting, but it can wait.
Airplane mode. It’s not just for airplanes.
My hope is that you are a giver, and you are aligning yourself with other givers. No takers allowed.
The people we choose to have in our inner most circle should resemble watering cans. My daughter and I are very close, and on days that she feels weak, I am strong. This happens often, or when I feel weak, she is the strong one. On those days we care for one another a little more than normal. We give to the other what they may be lacking in that moment.
Be a giver, and surround yourself with the givers of this world. “I water you, you water me, we never drain each other, we just grow.” It’s like magic indeed.
The closing of a door.
When one closes, another opens. They close for a reason, and in due season. The difficult part, is leaving it shut. We touched on that in It’s a Start.
But, can a door change? Let’s say we close the door on a relationship. Can it make adjustments, and become a more appealing door? Putting space between you and the individual causes stress. We get to see how well the stressful situation is accepted, but if they are solid within themselves, and their commitment, they will not falter. They wait well.
Acceptance. Does that door hold your hearts desire?