I spent the most relaxing weekend in Austin with a girlfriend. No kids, no schedule, no demands, no nothin’.
When I arrived on Friday, my friend was bringing a plant back to life. As she gingerly placed it in the sink, she called me over to look at its sad, sad state, wilted and parched. As she drenched it in water, she was quite convinced that it would revive and resume its beautiful state.
I had my doubts. (A few hours later, she had her doubts, too.)
There have been times in my life when I’ve felt wilted and parched. As if no amount of rest or sleep could plump my skin or satisfy my thirst.
During my teens and 20’s I didn’t even realize when I was feeling depleted. So I would just plow on. And the more I pushed through, ignoring the warning signs my body was giving me, the more depleted I became, until finally I’d come down with a cold or strep throat or something that forced me into bed to rest. I remember one time, I had neglected myself so, that my husband took me to the hospital, only for them to hook me up to an IV; I was severely dehydrated.
Our immune systems become weak the more we tax them. Lack of sleep, an improper diet, as well as repeatedly exposing ourselves to negative thoughts, all have an impact on our physical bodies.
Wilted and parched.
The answer was so simple: Stop. Rest. Drink some water. Engage in activities that fed my spirit. And although the answer was simple, I’m embarrassed to say it took me years to learn the lesson Life kept trying to teach me.
I must confess, lately I’ve been feeling wilted and parched. I’ve sensed the slowly rising need to recharge my battery. Hence, my weekend trip to Austin. I was the wilted and parched plant.
It’s incredible what a weekend of Amy’s Ice Cream, sipping tea and chatting, carnitas, zero demands of me or my time, and a pitcher of sangria on a HOT July afternoon can do.
On a similar hot July day, seventeen years ago, my mother-in-law pulled me aside on her deck and shared this bit of advice with me, “Make sure things are right with Mommy first. If things are right with Mommy, things will be right in your house.”
And although I wasn’t a mommy yet, I knew what she meant. I saw the ‘house‘ she referred to as something both concrete, the traditional noun picture of a house, but also an intangible house, more like the temple where body and spirit reside.
As I sit here typing, sipping tea, my friend still peacefully sleeping, I look over at the plant. Although it took several more hours to revive than my friend had anticipated, it has, indeed perked back to life. It was sorely wilted and parched.
This weekend with Kelli has been wonderful. I laughed so hard yesterday, I had tears streaming down my face – - on two separate occasions!! And no, this was not even remotely close to when the sangria was being consumed.
This weekend has been a nice kick start. But like the plant, who took easily twice as long to perk up this time around, I have more replenishing to do. These next several months I’ve decided to dedicate to feeding my spirit. To healing. I’m embarking on a new chapter in my life, one which is sure to be filled with many new life experiences and lessons. And although it’s with a slight hint of reservation, my gut is urging me to share these upcoming experiences and lessons with you.
So, I thank you in advance, for embracing my writing and allowing me to share with you. It’s through your encouragement of my writing that I continue to learn and grow, and for that, I am very grateful.