by Jenny Marrs, Miss August 2015
There are seasons when schedules are packed and laundry is piled high and to-do lists continually multiply regardless of the effort exerted to check off tasks.
In these seasons, work feels uninspired and overwhelming.
Copious amounts of coffee are consumed. Self-care is buried under responsibilities. Exhaustion settles in like a morning fog, desiring rest in order to lift.
Creativity is stifled. Writing feels small and inadequate.
Comparison steals joy.
Tempers run short. Sharp words sting. The well of patience and compassion runs dry.
You seek change and desire peace.
You slow down. You breathe deep. You pursue grace.
You learn to prioritize gratitude. Thankfulness becomes your compass.
Through the lens of gratitude, the full calendar transforms from obligations into moments ready to be treasured. The overflowing laundry reveals signs of life and precious loved ones under your roof to clothe. The toys strewn about the house are reflections of shared joy and laughter.
As we walk into the stifling heat of August in Arkansas, let’s choose to prioritize gratitude. Let us be a people of thankfulness. Let us look beyond the dust and instead see the beauty of sunlight filtering through the window falling on that old shelf.
In whatever season you are in, allow thankfulness to be your compass. Create markers of joy. Recorded gratitude in writing, thankfulness proclaimed out loud, photographic evidence of beauty in the midst of the mess. If there is one thing I’ve learned as I have set out on a personal journey to pursue joy, it is this: the well cannot remain dry when the heart is transformed through the act of intentionally seeking gratitude.