Wednesday’s are sneaky. Before we know it, it’s mid-week and we are still trying to gain traction. Well, here are 3 ways I have found that add to my sanity in the midst of chaos and help me to stop spinning my wheels. No news flashes…these are things we forget have the power to turn around our attitude, our outlook, and our day.
Singing. It doesn’t matter if we sound like a raucous foghorn, sing anyway. It’s not how we sound it’s what the activity does for our insides. The type of songs we sing matters though. My favorite song use to be “Born to Lose,” which is a good song except it was my life-theme…not so good. So I traded it in for a new song, “I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me. Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see. Opens prison doors sets the captives free…I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.” (I think its called “River of Life” I’ve been singing it for over 30 years.) Much more life-building. Great tempo and its heart lifting. Singing our heart out is free and it can add zip to our skip! I dare you to try a rousing chorus of Zippity doo dah and just see if you don’t feel better. Go ahead Sing!
Sense of Humor We did not think up laughter…its instinctive. God knew we would need to laugh till we cry and cry till we can laugh again. Singing and laughter are emotional valves that release stress so we don’t implode. And humor helps us not take ourselves and life so seriously. I don’t advocate frivolity, but I certainly applaud hilarity. It’s okay if you are not naturally funny, just rent a funny friend. Or invest in a Ken Davis and Anita Renfroe dvd. Funny is everywhere. Follow Sheila Walsh on Twitter she’ll make you laugh a stitch in your side. Humor lowers blood pressure, improves your blood circulation, and increases your attitude of gratitude. Go ahead Laugh.
Solitude “Be still.” Not easy for some of us. Too much inner clanking. I am learning that when I am at home with myself I will be at peace wherever I go. And that kind of settledness comes in the still moments, so we can carry it into the fray. Christ-centered intimacy protects us in the midst of life’s brutality, prepares us for people encounters (of the strangest kinds), and prevents us from believing this life is all about us. Practice sitting in silence. All electronics off…even music. You will note if you’re like me twirls of thoughts, at first. Gradually we learn to focus on the sweet whisperings of the Holy Spirit. We’ll recognize His voice by the things he says. He will bring our attention to Christ and promote goodwill in our heart toward ourselves and others. Sh-h…Be still.
What is your favorite song to belt out? How long has it been since you laughed until you cried? Have you learned that “still waters” are a friendly place to be?