Self care matters!
As we close out another year, (albeit one of the more stressful we've seen in quite some time for obvious reasons), it is important to take stock in those positive accomplishments to celebrate this last year, the non-desirables you'd just prefer not to re-live again and learn to release, let go and forget and insure you get some down-time to re-energize, re-focus and be refreshed.
Depending on your personality type, you could either be an introvert that recharges by getting away in a quiet place with a good book and having time to yourself reflecting. Alternatively, as an extrovert, recharging your batteries by being together with a group of like-minded friends/family as your down-time could be more inline. Personally, I can take a short while by myself but much prefer getting away with my family or a group of close friends.
My family was blessed to be able to schedule a family ski-trip this year even amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and all of its crazy shut-downs, closings, social distancing and mask wearing. We are there as I write this. Our time is special because its a family location we often have visited over the years when our kids were young. Now we find ourselves bringing along our daughters boyfriend (as they talk serious relationship) and have extended family time as well. Just getting out in what I like to refer to as "God's country / Colorado" has been refreshing. Wearing masks here is a little more comfortable and needed just due to the low temperatures, so that's been a good point.
The scenery, the time with family, the exercise on the mountain all contribute to helping forget the issues which have dragged me down this past year and excite me for those challenges and opportunities God has in store for 2021.
Scripture provides great insight into this practice and the importance of it with one example being Hebrews 12:1. " Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." So let go of that which entangles or drags you down. If not at peace with others, ask yourself if you are at peace with yourself. If not at peace with yourself, ask yourself if you are at peace with God.
Blessings as you begin the New Year of 2021!
Robert B. Morris
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