Yesterday as I was working on my blogs, I experienced a problem happening between WordPress and Facebook. I worked on this for several hours to no solution. My son, Colton came into the kitchen and noticed my frustration. He kindly offered to help but when I explained it was to do with the blog, he knew he didn’t really know how he could help. He asked, “did you YouTube it?” to which I responded “yes, but it didn’t help.” Then he told me to take a break, get some food, and come back to it in a bit. Well, I knew I didn’t want to eat with this weighing on me, but I did take a moment, took a few deep breaths, had a drink of my tea and said a prayer to calm down.
When returning to my computer, I considered using the “contact us” on WordPress to ask about the problems I was experiencing. Assuming I wouldn’t get an answer because I had searched all the help questions, I begrudgingly typed my question. I got an answer within less than a minute that there had been a problem with Facebook publicizing, but that it was now resolved.
So all the time I had worked, stressed, and wasted did nothing for me. The problem had been resolved while I was busying myself with trying to understand how to fix it from my end.
I was so relieved to know the problem was solved. I had spent the better part of my day working on this and caused my stress level to rise. I was so thankful that Colton reminded me to take a break and replenish myself.
If you read some my of older posts, you may have read about how I strive to keep myself balanced but as I got caught up in this dilemma, I ignored the gentle nudges to stop and refocus. Instead I allowed myself to get caught up with the stress of the situation. I fell into the trap of trying to control. I didn’t let myself slow down enough to think about doing the obvious thing – ask for help. No, I had ignored the physical signs of my stress level increasing. I didn’t allow the leg shaking, the eye strain, and my thirst stop me from the task that worried me. I had completely dismissed all of the physical signs to take a break and seek help. Instead I squandered my morning and let the situation get bigger than it really was. My son being attentive to my mood, noticed the stress I was under and gave me great advice. I’m thankful I finally had good sense and chose to listen.
The physical signs that my mind needed a moment to recharge, I ignored. But thankfully, Colton’s concern and sweet advice helped me to stop long enough to consider the very simple solution of going to the “Help” section. If I’d allowed myself to be aware of the gentle nudges I could’ve save myself a lot of wasted effort. Hopefully I will be more mindful to listen to the cues my body gives me to stop for a moment, take a breath, and say a prayer. So today, I give thanks for the gift of gentle nudges and for a tender-hearted son.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
“He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31
Until next time,