Time Away

I'm closing the store, securing the house and going off to my favorite place on earth, the beach.  I am grabbing a great book, my straw hat, flip flops and simple items to retreat with those I love the most.
It's been a tough few months.  I am mentally drained and my husband desperately needs time away.  I don't know about the rest of you but I need to be around those that matter most in my life now.  I also want to be in a serene place to clear my head and fill it only with the sound of the waves and a passing gull.  I don't want to hear the television or the news, I don't want to see a paper or answer emails or texts.  I wish to go old school.  No cell phones, or contact until I return home.  It seems like the more technologically advanced we get the more uptight, stressed and unhappy we become.  I don't want that anymore.
So I recently lost a friend.  She didn't die she just decided to cut me off.  I will admit it was hurtful and especially because it had nothing to do with anything I did.  It was all fueled by politics.  This is so petty and ignorant to me but I have learned a few lessons from this experience.  So during this reflective post I wish to pass a few insightful thoughts on to you.
When you respect and call someone a friend it means you can put aside any differences there might be without passing judgement and as long as there is love in a friendship you are able to respect them and move passed any differences you might have.  At the end of the day we are Americans and all we want is for our country to be a safe and for it to be a peaceful land to live in.
When you befriend someone always remember that your self worth is important and if you are always the one emotionally giving in a relationship then perhaps they are not as invested in it as you are.
I live according to one basic principle.  Be an example of kindness and love at all times or realistically, when possible.
These are scary times and sad times and it is about the moments we make matter.  The time we spend being a good person, lending a hand and trying not to hurt others with our words or actions is very important to me.  When I've come to the end of my journey I want to have few regrets, very little things I'm ashamed of that I might have done, and I wish to say that I did love and show love in my life to all that crossed my path.
It is an uphill challenge, but each day, it is my goal.  I hope it's yours.  I hope you may spend time away from the noise and the negativity and just be happy.
Happy Fourth!  xoxo


Marilyn said...

Very, very well said! Compassion and empathy seem to be in short supply these days, unfortunately.

Everyone is battling a private war of some kind. No one goes through life un-scathed.

Rather than find reasons to break apart, I really do think that we need to band together in compassion, understanding and friendship.

Thank you for writing such a heartfelt post. I hope your vacation is filled with peace and tranquility!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Cheryl said...

Such a beautiful post! I hope you thoroughly enjoy your time away with your dear loved ones and that you can just put everything troubling out of your mind. I am so sorry about the deep hurt you are going through. There are so many channels that grief can come through...certainly not only through death, but through ending chapters, too. However it comes to us, the hurt is the same, and it is very real. I love the Scripture that calls God, "the God of all comfort". He is able to comfort us in all of our sorrow and grief, no matter what the source. May He wrap you in His loving arms and wipe away every tear and use this amazing time away to heal and mend what is broken. And, may He bless your husband, too, and make his vacation restoring and healing. God bless you and keep you safe, and I will look forward to your next post when you return home! It is always such a dear blessing to visit with you here. :)

Diva Kreszl said...

I am so sorry that you experienced such a loss. Sadly this political climate has become quite ugly and there doesn't seem to be any room for differences in opinions. I have stopped watching the news, skim the headlines in the paper and have found it necessary to refrain from any conversations about politics and policy. It's quite sad really. I hope you enjoy your ocean retreat and your time unplugged.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Lee - enjoy your much-deserved rest at the beach. We vacation on St. Simons Island every October -- it's my one week at the beach that I also love and find so relaxing and restorative. Isn't it amazing how politics have divided and destroyed so many friends and family? So very sad to waste such precious, short time that we have in this life on such pettiness. Hope your time is truly refreshing!

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