It is Sunday. I am posting early and writing less today. I grew up keeping Sunday as a day of rest. We went to church. Came home, ate Sunday dinner, and then “rested.” As a child, I never liked resting. I wanted to go to friends, go to the mall, or go to a movie. Do anything, but rest. As I grew older, I began to appreciate more this idea of resting. Pausing. Breathing. To do nothing. To just be.
So, on this commute to the Estes Park UMC on a gorgeous sunny, summer day; I am writing a bit and then I will “just be”.
To my men and women readers:
I don’t mean to stereotype or generalize or put people in boxes that are not them. I hate exclusion and labels and work really hard to find commonality. I write with what is often encountered in my day and then settles into my heart and head. I speak to myself always, always first and then what flows over onto others is added bonus if it is helpful. I simply try to honor the truth of what has been given to me from my Creator.
Please know there is love here and a willingness to learn how my words affect others. Carry on.
The idea for this post came this morning as I was cleaning up in the bathroom at the Mary’s Lake Campground. I was washing my face, brushing my hair and teeth when a woman stands beside me at the mirror. She is fixing her hair and I’m trying to fix mine. We share “hellos”and keep fixin’. In exasperation, she tells me, “A hat is a wonderful thing!” I pause a second and then laugh out loud with her. “Yes it is.” I tell her.
I’m brushing my teeth and her words settle on in. I laughed at her comment because I have used my hat a lot this week. Bed head. Lack of showers, blow dryers, hair product, and curling irons have left me with my Life Is Good hat for a hair taming tool.
I get it.
We women often put a lot of thought, time, and care in to our appearances. Some gladly, some willingly for sure, and for others begrudgingly due to career or job expectations; we primp and preen. However, for many of us I believe we have felt the pressure to be better than who we are. To be better looking, better liked, better figured, have better hair, better lives, and just be better overall.
But what if just “being” would be that wonderful thing like the hat my fellow camper discussed? What if we decided to be the one who God loves just as we are? Just as He made us to be. Just by being you and just by being me. No fixin’ required.
So today…wear a hat or don’t. Do your fixin’ up or don’t. Take a deep breath. Let go of the “if only I” and just be you.
Beautiful. Wonderful. You.
Today-Donuts and A Dog
Steve says someone is looking at you. I look to my right. Nothing. I look to my left and there is this dog. He made me smile as we waited for the light to turn green in downtown Estes Park.
Steve knows I love donuts and my favorites are the chocolate frosted cake donuts. He tells me we are stopping at the Donut Haus after I devoured a chocolate brownie. It could be paybacks for the slow-mo video or fat fingers photo. He laughs out loud while he eats a chocolate frosted cake donut right in front of me.
Keep sending me tent names. Many great ones so far.
Favorite donut or dessert? I’d love to hear the answers.
Peace and Joy.