What makes your soul happy?
We had a stressful morning today. It isn't usually that way, but today it was combination of sleeping in a little too late, a complaining kiddo & changed plans. With a busy day ahead where I knew I wouldn't have a moment to stop, my mind started reeling with all the things I'd rather be doing.
In my everyday life, I rarely have more than a half hour to stop before the next thing is on the docket. And the fact is, when I do have time, so often I choose productivity over leisure & happiness that it's easy to go far too long without truly filling up my soul again.
The thing is, though, I usually don't mind being busy. I'm happy to bounce from once thing to the next. The problem arises most in my down time. I waste time on menial tasks, TV shows, Facebook or other "blah" things (scroll, scroll, scrollllll) instead of doing the creative, artsy things that I truly love.
A youth pastor once said to me (and I'm sure you've heard it said before, as well) that people are like tea kettles - it pours the tea and can make several cups from one pot, but if it wants to keep making tea it needs to be filled up again.
That's where my head was at this morning --craving a creative fill-up.
BUSYness can so easily take over our time and it's so important to stay re-filled while we consistently pour out of ourselves. I've heard that creative personalities are a little more like this, but I'd suspect that others can relate, that when life gets busy I just plain old miss doing things I love.
So it's got me thinking about the picture, above, that captured my heart's attention when I first saw it months ago - "take time to do what makes your soul happy". That is really so important to me. I am convinced that life is so much more than work and productivity. Are those things important? Yes! Even I often find I can't mentally relax until the "work" is done. But, equivalent to my happiness is finding time to do what makes my soul happy - (not just to do what needs to be done).
So...what makes my soul smile? What fills my kettle back up? Let's see, my soul really loves...
Spending time with girlfriends
Watching a good movie
Painting my nails
Organizing my closet
Running on a treadmill
Starbucks-ing with the Fam
Reading a good book
Ah, just even typing them out brings a smile to my face.
So, I'm off to sing with some friends this afternoon which will be lovely - and as I do that, I encourage you to take time to do some of the things that makes your soul happy. Text an old friend, get out the paintbrushes, cook a yummy dessert - I promise, your heart will thank you!