I will be part of my own renewal

God gave burdens, also shoulders.
–Yiddish proverb

Some days we wake up, and we know we can’t get out of bed. We lie there, trying to force ourselves, but none of the usual motivations work. We may be depressed, we may be grieving, or we may simply be tired. It’s hard to resist the temptation to believe that everyone else is functioning with ease. They all show up for work. What’s wrong with me? The more frantic we become, the more likely we may lapse into old ways of thinking and behaving in order to get moving.

If we feel we can’t get out of bed, there’s usually a good reason why. We can give ourselves permission to discover it. By being honest, we will discover how to take care of ourselves. Maybe it’s a day to stop and nurture ourselves, not force ourselves to keep going. Only we know what we really need. We do not have to compare ourselves to others or apologize for what we are going through. Instead, we can be gentle, giving our bodies, emotions, and spirits what they require. We can turn the day over to God’s will.

I pray for the willingness to make this a day of healing. I will be part of my own renewal.

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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