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Trip for a Lifetime: Day 30 Simplicity

It is sometimes harder to get out of a rut than to change a tire on one of these new vehicles. You have to get out the manual just to decide where to start. Then, even if you can find the right place, the directions are so hard to follow.

In life, you can get yourself into bad habits, bad friendships, and make bad choices. Before you know it, you are going the wrong way on a one-way street. Everything seems to be going against you. You are in a rut before you know it.

Before this pandemic, I didn’t realize all the things that I had lost. The simple things of life had disappeared. If I couldn’t get things quickly enough, I would start to become irritated. Lines too long at a light; too long at the restaurant or at the gas pump. One thing I realize that I lost, perhaps a long time ago, is my patience. I’m glad that it’s beginning to return.

Because of wanting things to happen at a fast pace, I wasn’t enjoying much of anything. I didn’t take time to appreciate all the things I did have. My gratitude tank was empty or maybe it hadn’t been filled up in a long time.

One thing I plan to change is learning how to enjoy the simple things. Things like a good meal, a good conversation, a beautiful day, and even a time of nothing to do. I had forgotten how to sit still enough to gather my own thoughts or to really see every person I came in contact with. I was always planning what was ahead instead of enjoying the gift of the present.

I pray that from now on I will learn again how to slow down and smell the roses. I do know that it will take the help of my guide (Holy Spirit) to accomplish this. If you have been like me, as fast as I’ve been going, it doesn’t take very long to find yourself a long way from where you want to be.

There is one thing I will enjoy, being able to go out to a restaurant and sit down to eat—to get some hot sauce & chips and some good enchiladas. I will enjoy being out with my friends & family having good food and good conversation. I will not take these simple things for granted any longer.

Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Ephesians 4:2 I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling, to which you have been called, with humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with each other in love.

This is the day the LORD has made i will rejoice and be glad in it.

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