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Without Me Turning It...

I needed to slow down but didn’t realize how much until I fell flat on my face. I got an unintended week off to sit quietly and wait for the swelling to go down in my stitched up face. I’d been juggling a lot of deadlines at work along with being a wife and mom and hadn’t been paying attention to how hectic things had become until everything came to a halt.

I discovered that everything went on without me just fine. I read books or watched tv while all those deadlines were missed and nothing horrible happened. My perpetual stomachache was gone.

When I went back to work the next week, everything was still waiting for me to do it. The earth was still turning without it having been done.

It was a good lesson achieved the hard way.

Be Still

Kairos