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Following His instructions

As the rains fell Tuesday, it made me long for home, a blanket and a good book. But, alas, responsibility calls. Still it made me realize that I need to do more for myself.

These days, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of family and work and forget about one’s own mental well-being.

In fact, my daughter even told me I was working too hard and I needed to find a way to relax.

I did what most would do. I took to the Internet to do a quick Google search. The first suggestion nearly knocked my socks off (had I been wearing socks) – “How to write about sex without being boring.” I knew I should just skip on past that since readers, I’m sure, wouldn’t want me to jump off into that one – unless someone got arrested for doing that in a public place.

The next looked much more promising. Titled “Improving your well-being,” it told me everything I already knew. It said I needed to get more rest, practice good nutrition, exercise and to limit alcohol intake.

I realized then I needed to shut off the computer, put down the cookie and get off the couch – three things are so very, very, very hard for me.

I’d love to exercise, but I really only have time between midnight and 4 a.m., which wipes out the part about getting more rest. I don’t drink, so that one was already off the list.

Further down the page, I found the good stuff – stuff I could use. It said that I should do things that positively impact others; practice self-discipline; learn or discover new things; enjoy the beauty of nature or art; and  – importantly – manage one’s stress level.

That’s when I had an “eureka!” moment. God wants me to go to the beach, and I am never one to disobey His instructions. Have a great weekend, y’all. If you need me, I’ll be on the sugary sands, watching my kids play in the waves.