Self-care is all the rage these days and rightfully so. In fact, it’s one of my most popular pins on Pinterest. We often burn candles from one end to the other placing ourselves last in the name of whatever our primary responsibilities are. I’m not saying it’s not right only that we can run ourselves down trying to survive and care for everyone else.
For the past several days I have been unable to sleep. Going to bed late and awaking early for no particular reason. The death of a prominent figure, whom I attended church with, rested heavily on me and I wasn’t sure why. Truthfully, whenever I reflected on him, I remembered his kindness. He was one of the few people to welcome my return to the church I grew up in except for the pastor himself.
Today’s devotional emphasized the need for self-care. While reading it I reflected upon what I’d already done prior to spending time with the Lord this morning. A quiet moment of reflection followed by a cup of coffee to get the juices flowing. I spent time writing in my journal in order to gain further clarity all to no avail. It wasn’t until I stopped wandering around my home and sat down to read the scripture did, I receive clarity. “Death has you grieved.”
These words were impressed upon my heart while praying. I’d finally begun to feel a sense of solace from my mother’s passing three years prior and now someone else. And while I don’t grieve as deeply as those that knew him well, I am part of the community he dedicated his life to serving.
So, in the spirit of self-care, I asked myself what further care needed to be taken? Oddly enough as I compiled my list it became replete with tasks I would NOT do. I won’t spend much time on social media today. I also won’t worry about creating pins for my Pinterest account until later this evening. Hopefully, I’ll begin to feel better by then.
I am not without a stack of books and magazines to read, but truthfully, I don’t feel up to it. I need something mindless and that usually means a British drama or two.
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