I almost didn’t go this morning…..I have so much to do for work and around the house and things to get ready for what we will face, what my son will face these next few weeks. Lots to do, so how could I be selfish and take a little time for me?
But I went anyway.
I realized that I have not left the house these past couple of weeks, other than to go to work, to go grocery shopping or to go to court with my son. I have not done anything just for me……
And not taking care of me, leaves me drained and unable to take care of others.
These past couple of weeks have been tough and emotionally draining, leaving me with little left for anything else.
So, I did something for me today. Something that would help me reenergize my body and my soul and yes, even my heart.
I went to the Zoo and Botanical Garden this morning.
I needed the time to escape my life, to see beauty and to breathe.
And I did!
I find peace and serenity when I visit the Zoo and the Botanical Garden. I walk at my pace, stop and view what I want and sometimes just sit in the quiet. Today I did all of that. I find real joy in watching the animals, finding unexpected flowers and walking through the garden.
And though I found joy in my time at both the Zoo and Botanical Garden this morning, I also found that some of the joy was hidden under the shadow of this current storm.
And under that shadow I did find some peace……rejuvenating my soul a little……
I needed this morning.
I needed to find me again, amidst the wreckage left by the storm.
I needed to just…..breathe.