The year started off well. I had it under control. I was writing, walking, doing my gratitude journal, reading non-fiction……I was supposed to do a follow up post on Bullet Journaling on Saturday to tell you all about it. And I woke up on Saturday with the ‘flu. I felt disappointed with myself and with my body. I felt I had let myself down, and let you, my readers, down. But then I read a parable, and realized what I needed to be letting my arms down!
Letting My Arms Down
There was a farmer who had a lot of fields, and he kept all the birds and creatures away from his crops with traps and fences. He was very successful.
But he was also very lonely.
So, one day, he stood in the middle of his fields to welcome the animals. He stayed there from dawn until dusk, with his arms outstretched, calling to them. But, not a single animal came.
Not a single creature appeared.
They were terrified, you see, of the farmer’s new Scarecrow.
– From Hope’s Daughters by R Wayne Willis
Who doesn’t like to be in control of life? Who doesn’t want her life to be orderly, and tidy and predictable? I know I want to be more disciplined and work in a more organized manner.
But just when I started cruising along nicely, comes the ‘flu. I can rant and rave and try to keep controlling things. But no, that’s not how life works. While trying to being orderly, I must leave space for the unexpected, even if it’s not always pleasant.
I must learn to start letting my arms go and use them instead to embrace life with all it’s up and downs. That’s what makes it interesting, isn’t it?
So I’ve been resting and reading and watching back to back episodes of
As for that post, I’ll have it up as soon as I can, I promise! ♥
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