Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Easing the Load

Have you ever had an area of your life that inexplicably seems to have the power to suck the joy right out of your attitude?
Like you just can't seem to get on top of exercise and make it a habit or every paycheck just doesn't quite cover all the bills you have and every time you look in the mirror or pull out your checkbook you almost hear a whisper.....'failure.'
We're called to manage a variety of areas in our life, all of them need tending and we have affinity to attend to some areas more so than others. You know, the not fun ones.
I've been on a journey of decluttering and simplifying for a number of years.
I'm not going at it break-neck speed, mind you, there are other things that need my attention but embracing the thought that slow and steady get me ready.
After my mother's death, this phrase resounds in my being:  Live Light and Die Tidy.

That's, of course, a goal and I'm not quite there but for the most part have been enjoying the journey.
It fascinates me that sense of lightness that comes from accomplishing another milestone on the journey.
As well as the blessing that comes from sharing your 'bounty' with others who could really use it.
Love that.

but for that one area.....or two or thirteen.....it would be done.

I have a few of those joy-sucking areas in my life.
Every time I passed that one room in the house that is so awfully,  momentously, gigantically disorganized for THAT long a time period, inside I felt ...'failure.'
But today I crossed what seemed like a mountain.
Not quite as big a deal as Frodo and Sam heading to Mount Doom but it sure felt like that.
And for that long too, I should add.
And I didn't do it alone.

I made a deal with a friend to swap some time working on projects at each of our homes.
First installment today.
Oh my goodness, did we have fun.
In 2 hours the joy-sucking room was DONE, I couldn't hardly believe it.
My husband and I keep going downstairs to just look at the room, how funny is that?!
The voice of failure for that particular issue has been silenced.
And the quiet is so peaceful.
What a gift she gave me today.
The gift of her enthusiasm, her time, her presence, her energy, her joy and walked with me into greater freedom.
How cool is that?!
Ecc 4:9-10 says Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

I can't hardly wait to go tackle an area in her home, in some small measure giving the same joy I'm experiencing now.
Who can you touch for freedom today?  It can come in the smallest ways.  A kind word, a smile, a quick phone call or note.  Just knowing someone out there is thinking about them can fill someone with comfort, even for a fleeting moment.  It just might interrupt the whisper.......and you could have a ball!