Thursday, September 6, 2012

Note to Self

Work is not always like this.  It's the busiest time of year.  Breathe in and breathe out.  Embrace the exhaustion you are feeling and remember your purpose.  When you start getting freaked out and overwhelmed, close your eyes and visualize happy children.  Children asking and waiting for caring adults to become their friends, to mentor them. 

As you drive all around town and put lots of miles on your car, think about the families you get to meet.  The parents and caregivers who are courageous enough to ask for help.  The volunteers who feel like they are being called to impact their community.  The boy who craves a positive male role model and wants a mentor to teach him to fish.

Teach him to fish.  Play basketball with him.  Show him how to control his anger.  Set boundaries for him and be there for him even when he doesn't notice. 

You don't have the energy to clean your house or paint your nails because you are needed elsewhere.  This is the time that others need you more.  This is your purpose.  Take it all in and savor it.  Open yourself to all of it.  The smiles, tears, laughter, frustrations, stressors, anxieties, hugs, singing, overbooked calendar and even the red tape.

You keep praying that God helps you find your purpose.  Maybe you aren't noticing what is right in front of you.  You are running away from something very important.  It's lingering within you.  You just haven't grasped it yet.  You haven't fully embraced your purpose.  But it is there.  Waiting to be developed.  Hoping to be appreciated.  Get some sleep.  Tomorrow is a new day.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalm 143:10
 

4 comments:

  1. Jaime, what you do in one day, is more significant than what I have done in the last 7 years at my job. You are a wonderful person, and I'm so proud to know you at a personal level, because knowing you makes me a better person. Hang in there, I'm going to be thinking of you and praying for you. Take care and trust that He totally has your back and nothing can go wrong.

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  2. Thanks, Jnana.

    Jossie, you've done amazing things, too. I really admire you for venturing on this new spiritual journey. You are SO brave. I will miss you and I will be praying for you. Enjoy this.

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  3. Jaime, we can get lost in the business of life and forget the simple things that can get lost in all the destractions. Thanks for bringing us back to what really matters and the Psalm that reminds us that it is his will and not our own that we need to focus on. Blessings, Amanda

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