“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” – Louise Hay
The women I have chosen to quote have all made major contributions to the world. I have been personally inspired by many of these women as I am sure you have, but Louise Hay is one of my favorites. Her spiritual teachings, especially those on healing always seem to find their way to me when I need them.
Today’s quote is one I try to live by. As I get older I do not see myself going downhill or getting old and sick. Instead I see myself as getting better and better. Even though she passed last year Louise is still my model of successful aging. Thank you Louise, you are missed!
When the weather is warm Bob and I enjoy our lunch on the deck. During nice weather we will take any reason for being outside. We enjoy the cool breeze and being serenaded by bird song. After lunch we like to stay outside and spend some time looking up — like in straight up, overhead. So, what’s up? Well where we live, lots of things. We both love to watch clouds and see who can spot something interesting first. We watch the jet streams stretching across the sky. Every once in awhile we actually see a plane. Sometimes eagles are circling overhead or over the pasture behind the house. We listen to birds singing and try to spot the singers in the trees. We welcome the birds to the feeder. Sometimes neighbors will drive by on golf carts and wave.
It can be very difficult to go back inside and get back to work, but we do — eventually. Our outdoor lunch hour is a special time. It is a break in the busyness of the day that reminds us of who we are and why we choose to live here. It revives and refreshes us, not just physically, but spiritually as well.
No matter how hard we try we cannot ignore the need of body, mind and spirit for rest. If we do not take time to rest and renew sooner or later the universe will intervene. For me this is when the car breaks down, the computer crashes, the electricity shuts down, or if all else fails to get my attention, I become physically ill unable to do much of anything.
First we must be sure we are getting enough sleep. The body must have sleep to recharge and repair itself. But rest can also involve meditation, spending time in nature, listening to music and other activities that are fun, joyful and help us reconnect with the Creator.
Set aside one day each week to rest, relax, recharge and reconnect. Turn off the “electronic devices.” Resist temptation to turn every activity into work, money or an opportunity for “success” and just be. Listen to the universe and you may receive the greatest inspiration yet.