The other day, a girlfriend and I met for a post-Christmas coffee at Starbucks. She and I are fairly new friends but I see something lasting in our future. I'm really enjoying the getting-to-know each other stage. It's great to know someone who faces trials just like you and even though our lives and situations are very different, we can relate to each other in our own way, and offer encouragement. And that's what friendship is all about.
During coffee, we exchanged belated Christmas gifts... me giving her a flannel table topper that I saw her admiring at my Open House, and her giving me a leather journal that turned out to be much more than a journal. When she gave it to me, she said the words "I'm giving you the gift of self."
Now, I'm a fairly busy person, but a lot of it is simply by my own decision. The crafting (I hate that word, but it is what it is!) and creating that takes a lot of my time is completely by my choice. Thankfully it helps to generate income for our family and since I am a SAHM, to me it's win-win. I'm doing what I love, and what we decided for our family. There are many others with more on their plates than I'll ever have. This friend of mine has twice the number of children than I have and that's what I'd call busy! So this 'gift of self' that she gave me really made me think. My time for myself is usually creating with full hands. That's what I truly love to do and as a result, I very rarely have empty hands. I've often been encouraged to just stop and take a break, but I know that if I did, I'd feel something was missing. So honestly, I don't really need the 'gift of self'. My time is filled with my family, friends, and creating... all things that bring me a lot of joy.
So this journal has been on my mind, especially now that it's a brand new year... a time for new beginnings. If you were me and realized that you don't actually need the 'gift of self', what would you write in this book?