I've spent a large portion of my adult life being reactive and not, I'd say, proactive. I don't always protect myself from what I see is coming, but make a move when a situation is already in my face. Leaves a person at a disadvantage. Like living in Dodge City and leaving your holster back at the ranch. The bad guys are out there. Be prepared.
Supposedly part of Israel's success lies in not being reactive. They're always prepared, looking out for the enemy, rarely caught unawares. And you know, they always land on their feet. Everytime.
There's a lot to be said for that.
So. There are a couple of situations in my life right now I'm going to look at differently. Stay on my toes, be aware, pray for guidance, and protect my health.
You can read lists of stressors and grades of the most trying from a death of a family member to buying or selling a house. I've been sitting back, allowing stressors to swamp me.
In the last 4-1/2 years we've experienced: one son joining the military and going to basic training and now set to be deployed for 9 months beginning in July. Four children moving out of the house. Two children graduating from high school. Two weddings and 2 granddaughters. Difficult ongoing lifestyle choices to accept from 2 sons. My mom having 2 strokes and a major TIA with her going to rehab 3 times and living here for 8 months of that. And the painful relationship issues with my brothers, stemming off of our mom's care, with her now permanently in a nursing home. Nightmare. Again, ongoing.
Now oldest daughter is moving out next month. Awesome how the Lord has worked that out for her. All good. And I realize some stressors can be positive. Babies and new apartments rank high there.
But summer is upon us and I love the carefree nature of June, July and August. Take a breath, rethink things, clear out clutter, and hopefully play.
See the photo at the end of the post? I'm using the Blogger app, so hope it shows right side up. Fisher Price dollhouse. Have wanted a dollhouse for years. Found it discarded on trash day a week or so ago. There are a couple of things needing freshening, but otherwise, it's in great shape. Confession... I have a thing for Peppa Pig and have several pieces, and this house is for her. Don't tell Miss Hazel!
Playtime. Yes, please.
My husband used to paint a lot and has gotten back into it. He said the other night that he just wants to drink coffee and paint. Amen to that.