Wow, it has been a quick four weeks – or was it just me?
Seems like this book was packed full of practical advice and steps for us to begin using those Fringe Hours and care for our needs.
I feel a bit of a failure, as I truly haven’t been able to make any physical changes to my routine yet….. but I guess it all starts with small whispers, and I can easily see how things need to be re-focused and altered. It is up to me to just do it.
The last chapter struck me and I wanted to focus on these areas as we close this study.
Do you choose Joy?
I have shared in the past about my struggle with emotional balance – even though things are much better now and I am able to naturally support my mood, I can still find myself sinking into a funk – I feel like I can easily lack seeing the joy in my life. I quickly grab an essential oil (Joy being one of my favorites for my mood) and try to refocus and stand back from my situation for a few minutes. Life gets too rush and things swirl fast, I get caught up and overwhelmed.
I need a new perspective.
Joy is a choice and I need to remember that.
Will you celebrate your victories?
As we get older I think we lose the ability to celebrate small victories….. as things can come easily for us. But what would happen if we truly gave ourselves credit for all the little victories, things we don’t see as “big deals” but really can be?
I tend to play down things that could be celebrated in my life….. I hate attention on myself, I am an introvert and love my own space, but I can see where me recognizing the small things could in fact be a very critical part of celebrating my WHOLE self.
So each day I think I will look for the small victory I can celebrate!
Are you thankful?
I can be better at this – and I loved Jessica’s suggestions:
Pray: Thank God for the blessings he has given you.
Write: Get a journal and write down what you are thankful for each day.
Send a note: If you are grateful for someone, let them know. A card always blesses people.
Acknowledge the gift in your heart: You don’t have to do anything tangible. Just mentally acknowledge the gift.
Great points to put into action.
I so appreciate you taking the time to go on this journey through The Fringe Hours with me. I know that the message of this book will resonate with me for years to come. I certainly do not have it all together right now, and I am still working on finding MARGIN (my word for 2015) which fits right in with using my Fringe Hours well.
We all need to live happier, healthier and more balanced lives. It is a work in progress!