Yesterday I CLEARED out the pantry and spice cabinet to take an inventory of what is there, what we normally stock, what should be thrown out (due to expiration or not fulfilling our new lifestyle choices), and what needs replacing. While doing so, it got me thinking about all the things that feel incomplete or keep me from wanting to be in the kitchen. For once, getting organized and purging out the old stuff did make me feel energized and not burdened. J and I then went to the store and stocked up with things that we want to use, inspired by two cookbooks we got.
I also CLEARED out the hamper and started prioritizing the things that need to be cleaned for our trip. I did two laundry loads, and have three more planned. I can’t wait until I solidify the habit of not throwing clothes by the side of the bed when the hamper gets too full, but instead empty out the hamper and do a load.
I barely got a lick of school work done, but I felt good about being intentional about things that had long eluded me.
Then last night we CLEARED our schedule to attend a game night our friends hosted. It was so nice to relax, have fun, be among friends, and laugh. We laughed a lot. I had missed that. I crave being able to do that again.
Today, I was equally intentional about going to church. For a class, I’ve been doing an organizational study of my congregation’s culture, and in so doing, I’ve been learning a lot and getting a little more vested. I felt I needed to make the priority in going to the service this morning, even though my “research collection” is coming to a close and I have a LOT to get done before we head to Belize next week.
The sermon was appropriately about several s’s, including stillness, silence, surrender, and slowing down. It was very thoughtful, and I heard myself saying, “Hmmmm” a lot. The message was just what I needed to hear.
Now I’m home, the sun is shining, weather-wise it is a very CLEAR day. I wish I could play, but I’ve been giving into my desires for distraction for way too long, and I must concentrate on getting stuff done, CLEAR, and out of the way.
In one week’s time, I’ll be on a beach, staring out at CLEAR water and making plans to go snorkeling, caving, and visiting Mayan ruins. That time to play will be much more enjoyable if I can CLEAR my to-do list now…. If only I can make that happen…. I must…