Find Joy in the Journey —Simplify—Meekness
What do these three things have in common?
- In my life more and more I’m NOT finding any joy in the common, (the mundane IS in fact mundane) and every day the same dishes magically multiply in the sink.
- I don’t even know the definition of the word SIMPLIFY.
(I had to Google it the other day.)
- And if you’ve ever met me… let’s just say, I tend to be the opposite of Meek.
Where am I going with this?
Changes. That’s what.
I can feel it coming. First. I’m turning 40 in 2013. FORTY. As in… HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? Second. Despite none of those words/phrases involving me, still, I am drawn to them. They are friends I don’t quite understand but REALLY REALLY enjoy their company. And am a little bit jealous of their cool lifestyle.
I find quotes everywhere that shout one of these three life lessons at me. In books, scripture and even random TV shows.
Can I learn from these BFF-qualities and maybe even become a little like them?
I’m ready to try.
The last couple years have been barreling down a track that seems to be getting smaller & smaller while my train is overflowing with tasks, demands, responsibilities, new ideas, research, consulting, feedback, friends, volunteering, Church/Scouts, work, spouse, children…..
I gotta get off the crazy train!
Last week I offered to take dinner to a neighbor who recently adopted a baby… and I nearly snapped under the added pressure of that one last ‘straw’. My camel-back broke a little bit. And I’ve spent a grumpy-bitchy, mildly depressed week since.
Oh I am SO there. Time to re-learn how to pronounce the word NO. (Say it with me: NOOOOO. I knew you could.) Extras, work, friends, Church, school, even children & spouse need to get a priority check at some point. I don’t even know what order any of that SHOULD come in these days. And that’s kinda sad?
I read an essay on what meekness REALLY is. And I was surprised to come away understanding that it’s not about giving in, or becoming powerless. What’s the opposite of meek? PRIDE. Vanity. What a new thought… Embracing my inner meek seems impossible, but losing a little pride, vanity? Totally doable. The part where it mentioned a meek person listens more than talks? Yeah… I’m working on that.
So do I have to ‘enjoy’ the mundane to ‘Enjoy the Journey’? Cuz. Not. Gonna. Happen. Maybe I just need to tolerate the routine better? You know what I did this morning? I made a fried egg sunny side up… for myself. (I know, crazy huh?) But then…. Then I sat down on a real chair and everything, and I ate it. In fact? I enjoyed it.
It’s a start, right? Enjoying breakfast for a change?