The past few months have been incredibly busy – such is the norm in the Spring here at our farmhouse. Between taking care of our four acres (who knew grass could grow so fast?) to preparing and planting our garden, Dan and I have been working our butt off in our “spare time”.
And despite this, a couple of weekends ago it seemed like we weren’t moving fast enough. Our seedlings weren’t planted because the garden was still too filled with weeds. And because we hadn’t had rain for awhile, the process of weeding was going incredibly slow. Of course, it didn’t slow down the weeds!
We couldn’t keep up with or get ahead. And in the process of spending so much time OUTSIDE, we weren’t taking care of the INSIDE things that needed our attention.
We “got out of Dodge!”
I think that’s an old expression from Western books or movies, I’m not sure.
But that’s exactly what we did on that Sunday – a cool yet sunny day after we had had some rain. My head told me that we needed to stay and work most of the day in the garden. The conditions were perfect and we could make SO much progress. Besides, it was supposed to rain on Monday and Tuesday – so this was our ONLY day.
Wrong! We did exactly the opposite. We got out of Dodge. We drove to Madison, went to lunch and did some grocery shopping. We changed venues and, in so doing, we came back home to the same reality with a new perspective. Instead of pushing through, we spent the day relaxing and re-creating and, in so doing, returned home renewed.
Sometimes, you need to “get out of Dodge” for an hour, partial day or whole day! Pushing and pressing through imbalance, exhaustion, overwhelm, pressure isn’t the “abundant” response as often as we might think. A change of venue and a change of pace can often do more to support us to
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