For my first self-care Sunday, I want to talk about the golf-cart ride my family and I took last night to see the sunset on the island. We live on a beautiful island in southeast GA, full of palm trees and flowers, marshes and ponds. Even though I may have moved out of my parents’ house, I still come back home every once in a while for dinner and the occasional golf cart ride around the island, or even a place to sleep every once in a while when I need to get away from the stresses in my life or babysit the dog (who doesn’t let anyone in the house but her immediate family). While my relationship with my parents has improved exponentially since I moved out (though we still have our moments, believe me), I never realized how it can important for my self-care as well.
Riding around the golf cart tonight hunting for the best views of the sunset, I was struck by how beautiful God’s work really can be. The amber light bathing the world was breathtaking, and all the wilderness in between the golf courses is always amazing; I just don’t always give it enough credit. I don’t spend enough time enjoying the moment when I’m out in nature; I spend more time checking my phone for likes on my latest Instagram post or whether or not that guy I like texted me back rather than focus on what I’m seeing and how God is working in my life right then. And it’s time to look up.
So today, I want to talk about being in the moment, enjoying the world around me and how spending time being present can be the best thing sometimes. Despite all the pictures I took last night, I felt like, for the first time in a while, I was being present in the moment, and enjoying the way the sunset light bathed the world, and how being with my family made me feel legitimately happy and filled with love. I spent time simply appreciating what I was seeing and what God had given me, and admiring the beauty around me. Just 45 minutes in a Saturday, and I feel refilled and refreshed.
Check out a few sunset pictures:
After looking at such a beautiful thing, I started thinking of some new rules for me to live by, which I thought I’d share with you all.
A few new rules for me to live by:
- Look up from those screens. Take the time to take in what’s around and realize that God is out there, every day, just begging for me to come back to His love and realize that He is sending me signals every minute of the day.
- Breathe. Too often, I am moving around at a breakneck pace, always trying to find where I go next. Never stopping to breathe, never stopping to realize that I’m moving too fast or that I might be putting too much pressure on myself.
- Remember that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. Even if everything seems to be going wrong, life is stressing me out and all the odds seem to be stacked against me, I need to remember that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. There is no harm in stopping to enjoy a moment, breathing and feeling like, at that moment, God wants me to stop and enjoy what’s in front of me.
- Take a picture to remember the feelings. Don’t be afraid to take one picture to remember the things that I’ve seen and to hold on to the feelings from those moments. Take a look at those pictures when I’m feeling sad and lonely, and remember how full I felt full and complete. I want to remember those feelings and know what caused them, so when I am pursuing the wrong path to happiness, I’ll remember.
There are a lot of things that I could focus on in my daily life. But, it is also important to take time and enjoy the little moments, the ones that pop out every once in a while, the ones that beg for a full immersion in them to truly enjoy them.
Don’t pass up those moments, dears. God is talking.