I have been chewing on this quote for a few days now. Thursday night Malea and I took Asher and Elijah to see Christopher Robin. It was such a nostalgic movie, brought the little kid in me out—wondering why my toys didn’t come to life when I was a kid—and after the movie was over, we left.
On the ride home Asher didn’t say much, but once we got home I realized he had been crying. He had been wondering the same thing… why can Pooh not be real?! His tender heart is still in a place of fully being able to imagine things. And it got me thinking about life and growing up.
At some point in our life we quit imagining as much as we once did. We may imagine what life would be with more money, a better job/house/etc, if we could go on more vacations, etc. but when is the last time that you went into the woods and had a time of make believe?
This then had me thinking. So many times we get caught up in life. I’m guilty of this myself. There are times when I’m so busy that I feel like I don’t have time to breathe. And whose fault is that? Mine. I am the one that makes plans, and says yes to things. But recently I have realized the importance of saying, “No” and just being.
Maybe you need to do nothing and take a nap… that’s what I did today. Or maybe you need to do nothing and go get lost in the woods. As the world evolves and technology becomes so commonplace. The world seems smaller and smaller. But it also makes people think that people should be available 24/7. I used to think that I needed to respond to texts as soon as they came in… or answer my phone no matter what. But I have learned. Sometimes it’s better to let the voicemail answer for me, or to wait to reply to that message. And sometimes it isn’t because there is a person on the other side of the table, but instead because I have realized the importance of being alone and taking care of and loving Randi. Because Randi can’t take care and love others unless she can take care and love herself.
Say this after me… I am important, there is only one me on this earth and there will never be nor ever has been another me. I must take care of myself even if it means to not answer the phone and to just take time for myself.
I do realize that I am single, which means I only have me to take care of on a daily basis. But no matter how many kids you have, it’s so important for you to take time for yourself. Love yourself.
Jesus said in Matthew 22:37, 39 (TPT), “Jesus answered him, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you.’
And the second is like it in importance: ‘You must love your friend in the same way you love yourself.’”
If you don’t love yourself, how can you love your friends?
Start today… take time for yourself. Treat yourself to a coffee date with yourself. Read a book. Take a bath. Whatever you choose to do it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you take time to do nothing so that something can come from that nothing.