I saw this picture a couple of days ago, and it made me giggle. My teenage daughter has a tendency to ‘take her time’, and I find myself saying, ‘Oh my gosh! Are we on a go slow here?’ quite a bit!

Her most recent ‘phase’ has me rather amused though. I am not sure how she does it (probably an app or something) because the words are not distorted at all, but she now listens to ‘slowed down’ songs. So she will take one of her hip hop numbers for dancing, and listen to it as a ballad. Her theory is that she has discovered that so many of them are ‘prettier’ when they’re slower.

On Friday, when I went to collect our bottled water for the next few days, the lady who owns the ‘water shop’ gave me a small gift. We have built a friendship of sorts over the past year, and every now and then we give something small for encouragement. So on Friday, she gave me a Kit Kat.
The Kit Kat slogan is ‘have a break, have a Kit Kat’.
(Although these days I feel more like a Bar One – for a 25 hour day πŸ˜› )
Her comment to me, when she handed it over, was ‘Don’t forget to have a break this weekend’.

And my thought process was this : Sometimes, having a break and just slowing down is necessary. It makes us ‘prettier’. I’ve even heard it said that slowing down sometimes can make you that much more successful in the long run.Β 
Because sometimes when we take the time to slow down, we’re also allowing ourselves the opportunity to ‘just be’, and maybe even ‘just think and ponder’. This can benefit us in so many ways – helping us get clarity in certain situations that we might find ourselves in; helping us not only get in touch with our emotions, but perhaps granting us the time to identify the ones that need to be dealt with and let go of; and ultimately helping us to make better decisions. Because if my mind isn’t racing, then I guess I am giving it time to absorb and assess and process.

I also can’t do anything I need to or want to, if I’m dead. (Now I know that I cannot control when that day will come – but I also need to be careful about contributing to bringing it about by NOT taking care of me.) Slowing down for a period of time every day gives my mind, soul AND body time to rejuvenate. I am here for a purpose, and I have many things that I still want to and need to do. But if I run myself ragged and forget to ‘slow down and rest’, then eventually it will start affecting my health. And what good will I be then?

There was a time where my attitude was, ‘there isn’t time for ‘me’. Slowing down is not an option’. I’ve had to learn that taking time for me is NOT a luxury, but a necessity.Β 

After all… I can’t pour from an empty cup.

So yesterday, when the wind dropped for a few hours and the sun was warm, I headed for my small garden. I do not have a green thumb, or a brown one… in fact, I am questioning whether or not I have a thumb at all when it comes to my garden. And yet I find it very therapeutic to be out there, in the dirt, pottering around. And I remembered something else while I was out there – I don’t remember who said it though – but here’s a reminder for the start of the new week for all of you :


Photo credit : juliestuckey.com

19 thoughts on “Flourish

  1. Have you ever noticed how many people just can’t rest? It’s tiring just being in their presence. Hope the weekend leaves you refreshed. Can we expect great things next week when you are β€œnourished”?

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    1. Agreed. Some people definitely just make me tired, ha ha ha!
      I think the key is to allow ourselves a little bit every day, to make it a habit… so that nourishment becomes a daily filling… opening up opportunities to be spectacular EVERY day! πŸ˜‰
      Hey… I thought I WAS doing great things???!!!??? πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

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  2. I’m glad you have your garden!
    I giggled a few times through this. Your daughter sounds original. Definitely important to slow down and tune into the consciousness and awareness other than all the external.
    Have an awesome week…
    Love, light and glitter

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    1. I’m glad you giggled – laughter is the best medicine πŸ˜‰
      Ah yes, my daughter… she is DEFINITELY an original most of the time, ha ha!
      I threw glitter in today’s face, and so far so good πŸ˜‰
      May you have a week of many moments to celebrate the sparkle, and rejuvenate πŸ˜‰ xx

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  3. Another great post Meg and I really appreciate your thought processes after all who would think about writing a blog post on the slogan of a chocolate bar.
    In the meantime you are right we all need to rest and sometimes take a break from life and I think that this is so much more prevelant in today’s world of absolute connectivity and instant reaction.
    Sometimes it is hard enough just to keep up with the necessities of life, cooking, cleaning, shopping and ironing etc πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ although I love ironing and use it to relieve stress without thinking about blog posts, Facebook updates and statuses and all the other social media platforms that there are.
    I think that the world has changed and not necessarily for the better with online shopping etc
    I hope that you enjoyed a restful weekend and that this week will be full of fun and laughter and time to rest after all I would like you to be around a while longer 😊
    Stay safe and take care of yourself and your family and as always πŸ€—πŸ™β€οΈ are sent your way.

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    1. Thank you, Paul.
      Yes, times have certainly changed! And yes, there are days where the list of things that I HAVE to do is rather overwhelming… but we get through, one step at a time πŸ˜‰ And even on those days, I am learning that I need to still take time out and rest,
      Here’s hoping that you have a wonderful week too, dear friend. ❀

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      1. Hi Meg,
        I am not sure what this week will bring but I am really looking forward to Friday night when I am going out for dinner with Kath albeit as friends.
        The day before would have been our 6th anniversary so we are having a non-anniversary meal out, maybe it will catch on πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Š
        I am really looking forward to taking some time off this week and want to recharge my batteries but also look at balance. πŸ˜Šβ€οΈπŸ™
        Enjoy your week and I look forward to seeing more of your insightful posts.
        Stay safe and well and take care of yourself and your family πŸ™πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦πŸ˜Šβ€οΈ

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  4. You’re amazing, Meg! I always adore your posts. Your insight, wisdom, and compassion is truly special.

    You know, one of the things that has always bothered me most when someone would say it, is, “I’ll rest when I’m dead.” I keep thinking, “Yeah….wellll, that day might come a little too soon if you keep this up!” So many people have this notion that busy = successful. It doesn’t. Studies, and my own personal experience, have proven the very opposite to be true.

    What you said is it: you can’t pour from an empty cup. If all we do is go, go, go and give, give, give…. we might as well throw up a white flag of surrender. We are no earthly good whatsoever. Extroverts tend to last longer at that lifestyle. For me, as an introvert, I’d last maybe a day. Two tops. Ha ha! I’m just not built for speed anymore. I’m in it for the long haul. The marathon instead of the sprint. The more we live, the more we realize what’s actually important. The rest is just smoke and mirrors.

    Another phenomenal post from you, sis. Sorry I’m so behind (again). I’ve had some health issues lately, and trying to keep up has been difficult. Sending ALL my love to you. I pray you & your precious family are well. Keep it up in the garden. No matter how small it is, or what your ‘thumb’ looks like – it’s still healing! πŸ’š

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    1. Thank you so much for this beautiful and inspiring comment, Holly. I too am having some health issues at the moment, so I can empathise with how difficult it is to keep up.
      Praying for strength and healing for you, and sending loads of love to you and yours. xx

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  5. Oh! I meant to add that I love what you and this lady do for each other. What a precious gift you’ve been giving to one another. The ‘smallest’ gestures have the biggest impact. I absolutely love it!

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