What refreshes you? For me, having a day alone with nothing to do is so rare that I forget how much I need it. The biggest refreshment is having nothing to plan or coordinate. I’d love to come to a point one day when I have to think about nothing, but I’m not sure that is possible for me.
I think part of this has to do with being a mom. We are just so used to being on call and going all the time that there is way too much to think about. There is ALWAYS something, or many somethings, going on in our heads. I envision my thoughts like spilled glitter spread all over and sticking on certain items and people.
Honestly, how can you not have anything to think about? That concept has always thrown me. I used to ask the one I loved what he was thinking and so often it was nothing. I would stare at him with my mouth hanging open and my eyes glazing over. I would then try to get clarification from him, thinking that surely it was only because he didn’t want to share it with me. This is how the conversation would go:
Me: “Really?! You have nothing that you’re thinking about?”
Me: “Absolutely nothing?”
Him: (short pause) “No.”
Me: “You mean nothing at all? Your mind is a total blank? You have absolutely nothing running through your head about anything?”
Him: “No. Should I?”
Me: “Oh, my gosh! Really? You’re not thinking about what you need to do or something that’s coming up? You haven’t had a conversation today that sparked your mind? There’s not a project you’re working through in your mind?”
Him: (looking at me like I’m the insane one) “No! Why is this a problem?”
I never could understand this phenomenon. And it wasn’t a one time thing. It happened all the time. How is that possible? My brain is always going. I’ve been told that it is one of the many differences between men and women, but it blows my mind.
I guess I’ll never be able to comprehend this but maybe, just maybe, I’ll have even a moment to think about nothing. That would be one of my wishes if I was given three wishes (of course it would be the last wish or I couldn’t pick two other wishes).
~ Joanna Lynn
(Starting with this post, I will be including a Scripture verse or comments based on Scripture about what God thinks about us all. I hope it blesses you.)
“…I have loved you with an everlasting love: I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3b)