Step Back Saturday

candle-burning
Photo by Alysia Thomas

During the weekend I like to step back and catch up on any journal writing that I missed during the week. If you like to record your daily activities, then it’s always a good idea to take some time each day to write them down.  I literally can’t remember what happened two days ago, so I always try to keep up.

But life gets in the way like it did this past week, so tonight I’m taking the time to step back, take a deep breath, and catch up.  My 19-year-old son had a very nasty virus this past week, which caused me to cancel appointments, delay deadlines, and put him first. Even at that age, our kids still need their momma when they’re so sick!

I had to reevaluate what my priorities were and let everything else fall back in light of family needs. How we react to setbacks can have a huge influence on how we move forward. For example, being home from college, my son wanted to be with this friends and continue having fun on his break. He complained and was very upset, and I truly felt bad for him.

But getting upset and being mad only made it worse and he realized that. So instead, we hunkered down by the fire and watched movies. Despite him feeling so ill, it was quality time together and I think he healed quickly by also stepping back and realizing that his body just needed time to rest.

So light a candle and take today to relax from the busyness of your life. Perhaps take that time to write from last week’s journal prompts or write about your life or your family. Journaling is a practice. The more you do it, the easier it becomes, and the more you find to write about.

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