There are so many things about Minnesota that I love. Even our waterfalls freeze around the edges. Those of you who hale from warmer places may shake your head and wonder at my willingness to tolerate thirty degrees below zero several days out of the year, but I have just one word for you: BUGS! You see, ours are much smaller. Okay, so maybe they got smart and moved south, but you won’t get me complaining.
Minnesota is where I grew up and I love it! It isn’t the frozen winters, that is for sure. It isn’t the obnoxious summer mosquitoes, or even the Vikings (Go Purple…A girl can still hope). No, it is family, beauty and the ten thousand lakes that I haven’t fished in all of yet. It is the comfort I draw from the tranquility of nature on summer canoe trips. It is the place where my inner writer finds quiet.
In all the chaos of everyday life, we all need to find that slice of peace that calms us. It helps us to find our creativity and reprioritize the hectic cycle life can become.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
For me, sitting still requires effort. Chasing four rambunctious kids, cooking meals, volunteering at church, writing and somehow finding time to eat chocolate takes almost every spare moving moment I have in a day. It is so easy to keep the hamster wheel rolling with just enough momentum to never stop.
So, how do you know that it’s time to find a place of calm?
*You use the old adage, ‘The dog ate my manuscript’ as an excuse for missing your editor’s deadline.
*You show up at the dentist’s office for an appointment only to discover it was last Thursday, not this Thursday.
*You put supper in the oven, but forgot to turn it on.
*You send your child on the wrong day for kindergarten.
*Your Sunday school class corrects you during the Bible story three times, because you are trying to clear your inbox on your smart phone. (You know, just because it says it is a smart phone, doesn’t mean the user is…okay, you get my meaning.)
*Your spouse asks you to help them find matching clothes and you match plaid to polka dots.
*You mailed the rent check one week too early. One week before your paycheck.
*You text your grocery list to your agent, instead of your spouse.
If you turned a slight pink color at any of the above signs, it is definitely time for a few minutes of calm. What is the craziest thing you or someone you know has done when they are overwhelmed?