This week’s article is written by Jan VanMeter, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
Taking time off and going for two to four days somewhere by myself is something I have been doing for 20 years. It isn’t that I don’t like family vacations, just that I love being by myself. My brother died when I was 9, so I basically grew up an only child and naturally my parents held me close to the nest after losing their oldest child. I became comfortable with my own thoughts, utilizing talents I had and just being by myself. I learned to love just walking in the rain, and getting lost in my own thoughts; finding solutions to my own problems.
I took two nights away staying in a cabin, just recently, and someone commented that it would be boring but I find it to be just the opposite. Anyway boredom is a state of mind, as far as I am concerned, and I really can’t think of a time when I have ever been bored. Oh, at times I put things off, procrastinate, am lazy maybe and sometimes unhappy, but never am I bored. Having these two days gave me a chance to write some stories again, work on some changes that have appeared in my life and discover a “me” that has tried to escape for a long time.
I guess in these times, we are so focused on being there for others, we forget that we also need to give ourselves the same kind of compassion we try to give to others.
A David Psalm: from the Message — 86: Bend an ear God; answer me. I’m one miserable wretch! Keep me safe — haven’t I lived a good life? Help your servant — I’m depending on you! You’re my God; have mercy on me.