I am definitely a morning person. Not the kind that is chipper or super-jazzed that it is morning time, but more like the one who knows it’s morning and knows that I have to get up and get going or else we’ll all be late:). SO in my rush of making sure children were appropriately dressed, and lunches were packed, I hurried to make myself some toast with coconut oil(yep, it is has the best flavor ever) and a to-go cup of water. I had a cup with a straw left over from a meal I bought yesterday and thought I should reuse it one more time. But in the shuffle out the door with my kids, I placed the cup on top of my car so I could buckle up my youngest in his carseat…and there it stayed. As we pulled out onto the open road headed to school, I reached for a drink of my ice water and it was not in the car!!!UGH!!! I asked my kids to look around and suddenly I saw streams of water pouring down my rear window. Yep, I am that mom– the one who leaves drinks on the top of the car because I am either exhausted and forget I even have a drink, or because I space-out sometimes because of lack or caffeine in the morning. But maybe today, I became that mom because I was more concerned about the destination than I was about what I was taking along for the ride. If you find yourself in the same place this morning, know that you are in good company. You ware not alone and guess what, we are human and tend to forget that the journey is just as important, if not more, than the actual destination. What we bring into and out of our lives on this journey of learning greatly impacts us; it can nourish or deplete us. It can lift up or destroy us. A little intense, I know, but let’s remember that so is this journey. I may have forgotten to bring my water into the car, but if I go too long without water, my body will not function the way I need it to. Too long without sleep and my body will shut down. Too long without food or coffee…well, you don’t even want to know what I look like then.
Let’s put this in simpler terms: too long without a nourishing friendship or connection with others and loneliness and fear sets in. Too long without life-giving messages to uplift and inspire us and bitterness and callousness sets in. Too long without unplugging from the busyness of life and our bodies will begin to become malnourished and our minds can’t focus on the important and meaningful relationships around us. So today, I may be that mom who forgot the cup on top of my little car, but not tomorrow. Tomorrow, I am going to strive to be the mom who laughs about it, and learns from it. Guess what? You can too:). Tomorrow’s are never promised but they sure are appreciated.
What are YOU going to bring along for your journey today?
Joy? Hope? Peace? Comfort? Nourishing relationships? Think it over and then go get a cup of coffee and don’t set it on your car like I did:).