Beauty rest…

strawberry bird

I stumbled into this weekend feeling tattered and worn. My lists said keep plowing but my heart said REST. I decided to set aside most of the doing and simply be.
Silent accusation buzzed me like a horsefly…..should do more, accomplish more, organize more, produce more…and better
and faster and more efficiently. Now!
I decided to tend, instead, to the garden deep inside me. Resisting the urge to rush, I let my breathing slow and my heart grow still. Sanctuary.
I let the “shoulds” and “musts” wait and stepped into the sweetness and
sanity of resting deep. Far from irresponsible, this was courage.
When I step into this garden, it’s beauty rolls me like white clouds drifting across the summer
sky. It calls to the joy in me….tugging on it until it spills into my cells and smoothes the kinks from my nerves. I remember Dostoyevsky’s “Beauty will save the world.” I’m letting it save me now from the crazymakers that try to bully me from my resting place….stalking me with the lie “it’s all up to you.” Splashing my face with cool awareness, truth calls me into rest…into knowing my place. I’m here to work and tend the garden. Unbroken love tends and cares for me.
Drinking deeply from these waters, I lose the striving, hurl the cares and toss the lie.
This is my choice. And it’s brave…


  1. Just Be Real on May 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Resting more is my goal. Thanks Jen for the reminder.

  2. S. Etole on May 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Peace and quietness so necessary for the body, soul and spirit …

  3. Mary on May 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    "Drinking deeply from these waters, I lose the striving, hurl the cares and toss the lie.
    This is my choice. And it's brave…"

    I lose the striving, hurl the cares and toss the lie.

    Oh yes!!

    Your writing is beautiful!

  4. LeeAnn on May 18, 2010 at 2:53 am

    It's so nice to meet you Jennifer! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your wonderful comment! I'm smiling a biggy because of it!! ..and thank you so much for becoming a follower of my blog. Seeing your new little face under my followers button thrilled me to pieces!

    You are a very gifted writer! Wow! I am impressed and want to continue returning so I must put my little profile face under your follower button too! I also love your made me smile and loosen up when I saw it.

    Keep drinking deeply from those waters,
    Lee Ann

  5. Sharron Leaf on May 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Yes, yes, your words soaked my soul today, but it was your beautiful picture that moved my spirit to do a little dilly-dance in my dining room!

  6. Patti on May 21, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Lose the striving! Love your post.

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