Today’s Gem of Insight #46

rest

Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that we should never allow ourselves to be so busy that we do not take the time to rest. I have spent a good portion of my life being busy – working multiple jobs, participating in numerous organizations, and keeping a fairly active social calendar. And even though I have not been nearly as active as some other people have, I have come to realize that it’s not how busy I am compared to other people that matters, but rather yet it’s how busy I am compared to how busy I am supposed to be that matters.

Now, certainly there are activities and events that we need to take care of and participate in for various reasons, and sometimes there will be moments when we need to push ourselves and maybe even burn that midnight oil so to speak. But in all of our busyness we must remember to take good care of ourselves, which especially includes taking the time to rest.

When we make it a point to supply our bodies with the rest that they need, we often find that we think in a more clear manner, we have more energy, joy, and peace, and we handle things in ways that generate results of a higher quality. So, the next time that we find ourselves contemplating forgoing that full night of sleep or even bypassing that lunch break, hopefully we will remember how crucial it is that we treat our bodies well by balancing out our busyness with much needed rest. #lovebythedrop

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Today’s Gem of Gratitude #340

gratitude

Today I am thankful for the 365 Days of Thanks project that I am working on, especially on days like today when circumstances at times are stressful and seemingly overwhelming. Taking the time to think about at least one different thing for which I am thankful every day helps to continuously give me perspective, and it helps me to remain focused on the right things. The more that I work on this project, the more time that I find myself dedicating to thinking about the many things that I appreciate. And the more that I think about the things that I appreciate, the less that I think about the things that, if given the opportunity, would like nothing better than to rob me of the joy the I have. Who knew that taking a few moments to focus on gratitude could help me feel right as rain? #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #321

Best-Parenting-Books

Today I am thankful for great books. I have always been a lover of reading, writing, and all things book-related. In fact, I discovered at an early age that there was so much to learn, imagine, and discover within the pages of a great book, that having access to great books became entirely indispensable. Be it a small book or a large book, a classic story or a contemporary novel, fiction or non-fiction, there was always something worthwhile that I could glean from just about any great book. And the icing on the cake was the fact that books in their nature were portable; so, no matter where I went I could take a great book with me – if I decided to take a bubble bath, a book would help me to relax. If I needed to pass the time on a flight or a lengthy road trip, a book would temporarily transport me to a distant world via my imagination. And if I simply desired to de-stress, a book would quickly relieve much of the tension that had found its way into my space throughout the day.

In addition, through my continuous appreciation of great books I have learned so much about myself over the years – everything from why I think the way that I think to why I choose the relationships that I choose with the people with whom I choose them. And though I will not even try to claim that the books that I have read have always contained content that could be directly applied to my life or expressly related to my life in some way, many of them have either revealed to me certain truths about me, such as realizing that I needed to change my perspective of something or someone, or helping me to empathize with someone else’s situation, including that of the people who are nearest and dearest to me, among other things.

In essence, books have oftentimes been the perfect companion for me while enjoying the silence and peace that has been a necessity in my life, and they continue to serve me in that uniquely wonderful capacity. #lovebythedrop