Women of Unity

Greetings Women of Unity.  At the writing of this submission for the newsletter we were on the cusp of the holiday season.  Here’s hoping your holidays were merry.

I find that the holiday season presents ongoing opportunities to practice balance.  Did you find that at a time that should be joy-filled left you feeling overcommitted and overwhelmed?  Balance in making choices around shopping, spending, eating, and the numerous invites to various parties and family gatherings, can be challenging.

A long time ago someone once said to me to “keep your cup full” meaning I should cultivate a self-first, self-care mindset and regimen.  It’s the “put the oxygen mask on yourself first” principle.  The person went on to say that I should fill my cup until it overflows and then serve from “my overflow or my saucer.”  The point was to remember to put myself first on the list and to not deplete myself.   If you’re depleted, how can you serve?  Do you often find that you are “serving from your cup” rather than “your saucer?”

Whether it’s the holidays, work, school, relationships, etc., making choices that are for your best and highest good (rather than out of obligation) creates balance in your life, and balance creates peace.

When making choices, drop from your head to your heart and talk to God.

Remember:

If the request is wrong, God says, No. If the timing is wrong, God says, Slow. If you are wrong, God says, Grow. But if the request is right, the timing is right, and you are right, God says, Go! Bill Hybels

Supportive scripture:

There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven—A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up.  A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

Renee Jones