Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Worry ... Worry Worry Worry Worry

That's my impression of Ray Lamontagne. Pretty good, right?

And now for my impression of the Apostle Paul:

"Do not worry about anything, but pray about everything - and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds." - Philippians 4:6&7

... Actually, my impression of the Apostle Paul sucks. I can quote him as well as the next guy, but my application is sorely lacking.

I've been completely stressed out lately. So much so that I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack any minute. I never used to - but lately, I just worry holes right through my skull. About EVERYTHING. It makes me tense, crabby, edgy, and extremely preoccupied no matter what I'm doing. It's like I'm PMS-ing all the time. And nobody wants that.

Spring is the quintessential season of rebirth, so I am going to celebrate by throwing some fertilizer on the flowerbeds of my soul. There are two things I'm now trying to (re)apply to my life. I'm thinking these actions will help with this bad habit I've developed.

  • When I spend time with God, the rest of my life becomes more serene. I'm going to get back into the habit of going to church and more consciously praying. (See Paul's words above)

  • When I spend time nurturing my creativity, the rest of my thoughts are less harried. I used to spend frequent time doing something creative. I used to post some creative writing here daily, sometimes twice a day. I used to draw, paint, and make things just for the enjoyment of it. Somehow I've let that part of me fall away. I miss it.

I love spring! :)

Footnote: This is my 400th post. My how many thoughts, creations and exchanges have come through this site in the last 5 years. Thanks for visiting, friends.


Coffeypot said...

400! That is great. Waiting on 400 more. Have you ever posted any of your pictures and drawings? I would like to see some of your work. Alas, I have no artistic talent AT ALL. And I am working on not letting things bother me (insert Obama, Pelosi, Reed and Liberals here), but it is difficult. And I try to pick my fights. There are some things that, tho I don’t like them, I can’t do anything about it, so I try to let it go. Still working on that one, too.

I do pray, but not the O Holey Art Tho type prayers. I just have a pretty much one way conversation with Him. No knees, no hands clasped under my chin looking up to Heave. Just a silent conversation. Works for me.

Stacy said...

Congrats on the 400 mark! I am doing some soul searching/spiritual house cleaning this Spring, too. Right now I'm working through "Love as a Way of Life." Good stuff.

Cassie said...

Great post, Clew. Congratulations on #400!

And I love the image you used (wonder who the artist is) - I know how that feels.

Just reading your two bullet points made me feel more calm.

*Let God

In these times, it's easy to depend on a third, unmentioned bullet point

But in the end, it's better to live through the turmoil, to experience it, and to come out on the other side.

P.S. Don't ask me why, but I hate spring.