I must tell you that this is, with the possible exception of Christmas time, my absolute favourite time of the year. That’s partly because everything is coming out of hibernation and the colours are coming back into the world, but it’s more because it’s a time of rebirth. Mother Nature wakes up, gathers her strength, and starts over. Such a magical time of year and I absolutely revel in it!
Back on task… this week your ingredient is: Comfort
Isn’t it interesting the things that create a sense of comfort for different people? Smells, sounds, even songs can stir memories and evoke very strong feelings. The idea of wrapping up in a blanket in front of a roaring fire on a cold day creates an image of warmth and safety. And knowing that there are people in our world who care and will be there when things fall apart. These are all things that create a feeling of comfort for me.
This week, what if you spent some time thinking about the people and things that give you comfort in your world? Do you associate those feelings with home, and if so, where is home for you? When we lived in Alberta, we lived very simply. The cost of housing there had skyrocketed not long before we arrived so rather than buying in the city, we found a piece of land with a lovely trailer on it in a small town. It had a huge kitchen, vaulted ceilings, and 2 and a half baths with a Jacuzzi tub in the en suite. Not bad for a trailer, eh? And I have never felt so much at home in my adult life. I remember our little trailer very fondly.
If you’re like a lot of people I’ve been hearing from lately, there isn’t a lot of comfort in your world right now. Many of us are over-scheduled, over-worked, and over-burdened because we live in a world and in a time when everything moves very quickly and when taking some time to be idle is frowned upon. What would it take to allow yourself some time to do something that gives you comfort? In my little house on the prairies, Saturday night during the hockey game was the time I would grab a book and get into my tub. I would sit there and relax while reading something that usually required very little thought. Then I would slip into my bed and sleep like a baby.
Now, my comfort comes more from the people in my world than from a place, but I do appreciate my sunroom and walking through a peaceful park. And I confess that I do miss my tub. So what are the things that give you the feeling that all is right with the world? Would you like to have more of that in your life? You can have it. It might mean that you have to schedule it in, it might mean that you need to make yourself your top priority, but I promise you, you can have it. You just have to choose it.
What do you choose?