“Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.”
“…and I need to get things labelled, and figure out a new math program, and get calendars and booklets and materials printed when the photocopier isn’t working, and I need to – “
He just looked at me.
“I mean it. Go outside. Breathe. Get some fresh air, and then come back and tackle more on your list.”
I nodded. I recognized the wisdom in those words. Thank goodness for wise colleagues.
I opened the heavy outer doors. Warm air fanned my face. I stood on the sidewalk for a few minutes, just breathing, trying to slow the frantic thoughts and settle the anxious mind.
Then my eyes dropped to the ground, and I knew what my bare feet needed.
I needed to stick my toes in the grass.
I needed to reconnect with the world outside the school building, to remember that life was more than perfect photocopies in perfect piles. I needed the profound grounding that comes when bare feet meet green grass.
And the moments of deeper breaths and wider softer thoughts opened the door to remembering the most important truth of all.
I’m not alone – I have access to all of heaven’s resources whenever I ask. I am seen. I am loved beyond measure. And perspective, that elusive waif completely buried a few moments earlier, raises her head and opens her arms.
How is your week going?
Is your to-do list driving your anxiety through the roof? Are you blinded to truth because your eyes are so focused on tasks that you’ve forgotten to breathe?
Ahem. Yeah. Been there.
Maybe you need to stick your toes in the grass. Maybe you need to listen to wise words where they are offered. Maybe you need to do something simple to reconnect to the Creator, to regain that profound connection we have to something so much bigger than our temporary angst.
The to-do list won’t magically disappear when you’ve made that key reconnection. But it will settle into its place, in proper balance. And that can make all the difference.
Deep breaths in and out, toes in the grass.
Remember to lean into God to find that balance you need with me?
Father, You have provided us with so many good gifts – fresh air and green grass. Friends and colleagues who can offer us their wisdom. The power of balance and perspective. Remind us how connected we are to mature and to the simple truth that we are loved and valued. Amen.