In finding these flowers, laying them out on the table, cutting off their ends and finding the perfect glass jar to put them in, I began to reflect on things I do that are for me, and things I do that are for others. I love gathering flowers on a weekly basis. I feel like it is a small gift Lou at LittleGreenShed has given me. (this week's theme pink). But somedays I need a bit more, something that feeds my soul daily. Somedays I just do. So in these cast out hours, small snippets of time, I think we often are trying to figure out who we are and what we are doing on this small earth. Is there something out there that you have found that nourishes who you are? Is it breathing deeply in bed before sleep? Walking, running in a neighborhood before dawn? Is it pruning your garden, pulling out weeds all by your self in the hot pouring sun?
What helps us grow? We are strong, educated, fierce. We encourage love and understanding in our children. We are the best of friends in the toughest of times. We are savvy enough to know, that most days, we really can't have it all. We read, we blog, we create. Yet, I believe we also long for something that is carved out just for us. Soul food. Food for our souls. Is it the blogging, the writing, the connecting in this collective corner to others? Or is it possible to find something, daily to do, small, luxurious and lovely, that is just for us? Lets start out small. Something tiny, carved out for the self, nourishing and quick.
This week I want to start the habit of creating tiny rituals here and there that are just for me. I know I have many rituals in my day, things I look forward to, but I want to do something, as I said, a bit... more. Something small.... perhaps this sounds silly, but this week I am going to be intentional about drinking a glass of cold chocolate milk every day. Not the made for children chocolate milk kind. oh no. This will be the powdered dark chocolate reserved usually for baking, mixed with raw sugar that is slowly stirred to absorb the liquid, then quickly drunk, standing at the kitchen sink lest the children find out I am spoiling myself.
Won't you join me? Can you think of one small thing to do for yourself everyday -that takes almost no time yet feels oh so nourishing to your soul? Something that you won't beat yourself up about if you do it, or don't. Let me know below! I would love to hear about the tiny things you hope to do to renew your soul. xxoo