I snapped. I posted about being positive in a negative environment and within 24 hours, I snapped. It happened before I could catch myself, before I even recognized that I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. At that moment, I was angry so I snapped even after I prayed… even after I gave it God…even after I stopped complaining about it…even after watched the fuel I fed my soul.
Contrary to normal, I know exactly why I snapped. I was tired. I could not figure out how to stop being tired.
I wake up tired. I go to bed tired. I can blame it on curriculum. I can blame it on kids. I can blame it on the fact that life has ever so unkindly hand delivered some of its sourest lemons.
Whatever the case, life goes on. I have a grace period to digest the lemons, but then I, too, must go on. Yet, going on does not stop me from being tired so I have to find ways to renew my energy. I have to figure out how to stop being tired, how to find pockets of strength in the middle of exhaustion, healing, and growth.
I am here to share how I keep going, to share how I stop being so tired. This is not a comprehensive list. This is not the be all and end all. This is just me – an ordinary girl trying to live an extraordinary life and share with you along the way.
Sometimes you do not have time to weigh the pros and the cons. You do not always have the time to put a new system in place to take care of the your current system while you are away. Sometimes you need television to babysit kids on school nights. Sometimes you have to accept broken lamps, undone to-dos, and half done work. Sometimes your social media stats and your blog stats have to suffer. Sometimes you will not have the strength to return likes and comments…or text messages or phone calls. Sometimes you need a moment.
Recognize that standing still is progress. There is power in standing still. Sometimes all you have is broken promises and unanswered prayers. You do not have strength to keep going so just stop.
Get out of the house.
Go downtown and eat beignets while the weather is beautiful. Go to a movie theatre. Go on a coffee date. Go to a pumpkin patch. Step out of the areas that make you tired and into areas that are completely unrelated.
I went to watch my niece in Music Man the other day, when I needed to get out. Having never seen the play or movie before, I had no idea of the story line in advance. While I anticipated a happy ever after, I was delighted by the perfectly imperfect slight plot twist. I could not have envisioned a better finale. I wondered to myself how often that happens in life, how often people accept our flaws, love us through our flaws, how often our flaws may be the very thing people need…yet I digress…
Getting out of the house is everything you need for an energy boost. You need a little fresh air, vitamin D or vitamin sea. You need the chance to view life through a different lens.
Give it to God again.
And again. And again. And again. Acknowledge your worries. All of them. Go down the list over and over. Give Him the big things and the small things. Give Him the things you gave Him yesterday, last week, last month, and last year. I know you feel like you already prayed about it. You already gave it to Him. Sometimes, you just need Him to hear it again. You need Him to hear it one more time because you are still tired. You are still worried. You are still tossing and turning at night. You are still crying. You are still staring at those broken promises and unanswered prayers with disgust. You still have the strong remnants of lemons fresh on your breath and in your stomach.
Whatever you do, keep going. You take your rest. Get out of your house. Give it to God. Enjoy the burst of renewed energy no matter how large or small and keep going. Take it one day at a time. If you rest enough, get away enough, give it to God enough, you will find that as you go, your journey gets just a little bit easier.
Watch your energy increase at each stop. Watch your perspective shift with every getaway. Watch your faith multiply with each AND every again.
“Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
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