I've been quiet here since last week for a reason.
Rest was needed. For the mind, the spirit and the body.
I'm sure you have seasons like this too.
We went away last weekend and instead of being a lovely relaxing time it was fraught with trials we never predicted.
My beloved and I came home physically weary and sunburnt from walking around the Camping expo in the blazing sun all Saturday, sleep deprived from our budget accommodation's ancient springy bed, and frazzled and (more) sunburnt after hours of being stranded on the country highway when our Jeep broke down.
Arriving home late Sunday after my creative husband used kitchen parts to get the car moving again was a relief beyond words.
All we wanted was rest.
But haven't we all had weekends like that?
You can have high hopes of a fun time away but elements come into play which rob you of the good memories, crowding them out with less enjoyable ones.
So I just didn't feel like talking, blogging, or housework on Monday.
On Tuesday I still didn't feel like doing anything other than drink tea and sleep, but I'd promised to take Blossom and Cully up the mountain for a few hours that afternoon.
So I did.
And that was the best thing for my state of mind, even though I didn't think it would be.
Under the trees in the mountain breeze I let the cares of the world fly by. Surrounded by greenery, birds darting hither and thither, a little child to make us laugh...rest found me.
Dear Blossom had also been in need of refreshment and those hours away from the city and the obligations of housework brought joy to my darling girl.
I realised something as I drove down the mountain to take us home later that afternoon. When we're burnt out and weary from a stressful situation, family responsibilities, business, health or various obligations the best gift we can give ourselves is a time of rest.
That night I felt the stirrings of calm, a restoring of my internal peace, and I knew the next day I'd be back to normal again. And I was.
That's when I drew up the little "Rest" stitchery to remind me how important rest is and not to ignore it.
Today I drew up another little stitchery, "Thrive".
Because once you have rested, your energy will return and you'll get moving again.
You'll be refreshed, and that's when we find it easy to thrive.
Are you in need of rest?
Don't keep pushing on sweet gal, stop and give yourself a gift of time to refresh, restore, rest.
You're worth it. xx
Bless you heaps,