Author: Ruthie Pollard
As I write, a crisp breeze settles into the summer night, a reminder that August is winding down. Families are heading off on their last vacation, and kids are back to school shopping. Summer is a peaceful time for most people, life seems to halt for two months of sunny bliss and beach filled weekends. But when September comes, so does the rat race! I want to share some tips to keep in mind when things get busy. To develop a peaceful mindset in our hectic culture takes intentionality.
More Hush, less Hustle
“They are opening the first Starbucks in Milan this year.” My friend somberly stated as we chatted about our time in Italy. A culture that takes so much pride in their coffee will now be rocked by a world of to-go cups and entitled customers. My hope is that this will not be the case, one of the things I appreciated most about the country was their ability to find the hush in the hustle. Restaurants never asked if you were ready for the check, because they didn't want to interrupt a relaxing time with friends and family. It really helped me to reflect on the importance of being present, and treasuring time spent with loved ones no matter how busy life gets.
Maybe this means you choose not to go out on Friday night. Maybe your plans are literally Netflix and ice cream. For an extroverted introvert such as myself, it can be hard to turn down a fun event but we can't forget to have downtime. It give us time to recharge. I usually look at my weekend and set aside either a night or morning of rest. This sets the tone for my week.
Re-Evaluate How Time is Spent
Consider coming off Facebook during busy seasons. Sometimes I'll deactivate for a month and it's the best thing ever. Social media may seem like a good way to zone out but scrolling through an endless feed can open up the door to life comparison and allowing ourselves to get consumed with negative news. Some alternatives: read a book for leisure, listen to a good podcast, or go on a nature walk. There are times when it's hard to reach a place of peace because of turmoil happening around us. In this time I am reminded of Matt. 11:28, "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." We were never meant to bear the weight of the world on our shoulders, but there is One who did for us. Spending time in worship and prayer centers our heart around what truly matters.