‘He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.‘ Psalm 23:2-3
Today, I went on a four and a half mile walk. I knew that I needed to get out and ‘blow the cobwebs away’ as my late grandad used to say.
You see, I have been living in my mind a bit too much recently, thinking, over-thinking, analysing, over- analysing. Getting lost in my thoughts. I don’t know if you can relate? Times like these, I know that I need to get out into nature.
Have you ever noticed how much a good walk can change your mindset? Sometimes, a cup of tea just doesn’t suffice when it comes to making things better.
The day started off cloudy, a bit like the fog going on in my mind, but as I walked some blue sky began to show and then bright sunshine beamed down. So much so, that at one point I had to remove my coat, in October!
I realised how much I had been beating myself up over things, how much emphasis I was placing on work. It was becoming my measure for everything.
I let go of that today. My sense of worth and self does not come from work – thank goodness, but I had lost sight of it.
I had become stuck in a rut internally. Scolding myself over things I could do better. Replying scenarios. If we are not careful, we all do this.
As I walked today, I took time to notice the little things. The sound of the water, the colour of the leaves, the feel of a cooling breeze across my face. I enjoyed the moments.
I know that I need to talk more. That I internalise too much. I had a chance to take stock.
I am grateful for that chance. Grateful for that opportunity to restore my soul.
What do you need to take stock of today?
Which moments do you need to take time to enjoy?