All the new swans were out today.
Look who fell in the river…
I have a friend who I am intentionally journeying with. We meet every now and then and chat about our journey with God, our lives, our hopes.
As part if this journey, we have decided to both complete the book Wreak this journal.
My copy came today and even the first few pages challenged me. It asked me to do what it said on the front, and begin to wreak it, but I found a part of me balked at the sacrilege of disfiguring a book:
It got me thinking about sacredness in general. What IS sacred? Of course the dictionary says:
Considered to be holy and deserving respect, especially because of a connection with a god.
Considered too important to be changed.
In some ways I agree, God himself is sacred, deserving respect, and he is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
But surely all of life should be treated with respect and is in some sense sacred, as the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. But if there is one thing I am sure about in this life, nothing remains the same, everything changes.
So as I begin to wreak this journal, I am left with the thought that perhaps because life is sacred, it has to be allowed to change… and me with it.
I really love the hymn “Cornerstone” by Hillsong and it inspired today’s poem and doodle. You can hear the song HERE.
Tethered to your heart.
The knowledge of your love;
The bonds that hold
My head above the water.
All you are,
Is all that matters
In the storms of my mind,
Your light is truth.
I find my way
Through the darkest days
The wisdom of your words
This morning was one of those mornings where l half expected to see centaurs weaving their way through the woods. The mist made everything have that quiet still magic. It’s the kind of morning which clears the head and calms the heart, and if course that’s what sets free imagination… And centaurs :)
It’s world mental health day today, so I thought I would share with you some of my complete layman (and I’m not a specialist) tips for staying happy. Along with this, a few inspirational things I discovered having trawled facebook:
1. Go for a walk everyday.
Outside that is, whatever the weather. If you don’t have a dog, borrow one, if you don’t like walking dogs, walk to the shop for your milk, your morning paper, your lunch… Which brings me to:
2. Take your lunch break
I know how easy it is to work through it but seriously, eat your lunch and read a page of that book you have been meaning to get round to, or chat to your colleagues, or look at Pinterest… Just have a break.
3. Eat healthy stuff
Yes we are talking about the good old 5 a day fruit and veg, because seriously, how many if us do?
4. Do some exercise
You know when you always here people (like doctors) waffling on about how exercise is good for your mental health? They aren’t joking, it really is.
5. Find something small and wonderous
It doesn’t have to be expensive, it could be native birds or types of coffee or crayons and fresh white paper… Find something that brings you interest, joy and a desire to discover… Then swap tales with someone else and their wonderousness.
6. Keep a journal
In a world where we all have versions of ourselves out there at work, on face book, twitter, at dinner with our family… Its good to have a place where you can be absolutely, brutally honest without causing a major diplomatic incident.
If there is one person in all the world who knows you completely, values you the most and totally gets it… Its Jesus. Sound like someone worth hanging around :)
8. Pick your battles wisely
I was given this advice when i was about 23 and it has held me in good stead ever since. Basically there are way too many totally righteous things you want to take up, argue about, fight for, worry for. You don’t have time for them all so choose wisely.
9. Be thankful
It’s so easy to dwell on the rubbish, but in every day there are things to be thankful for, even if they seem very small.