It’s Friday morning and I’m sitting here with my coffee and laptop eager to join my positive Five Minute Friday community on this week’s link up. If you are curious what this is all about here it is: Five Minute Friday is a community of positive writers who gather weekly to respond to a common prompt. We share links to our articles and visit each other’s pages to offer encouragement and insights. Since I started writing on this public forum, my circle has expanded and I’ve been influenced by some great writers. This week, our prompt is the word FRESH.
Over the next couple of days, my family is traveling to a state park where we have rented a cabin. Ever since I was pregnant with #2, we have made it a tradition to get away during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and every year it seems to come at the perfect time.
I am in need of fresh air.
The outdoors does a wonder for the psyche and for that I am grateful. Even in our Ohioan winters, a winter hike or sled ride can bring a fresh wave of joy. It’s easy to deprive oneself of sunlight and the world outside of our cozy homes when it is cold enough to freeze the ground out there.
But our bodies were made to interact with nature. Our lungs crave the restorative power of fresh air. Our brains yearn to collect vitamin D from the sun’s rays. Our feet long to feel the ground below.
However, this trip is about more than my physical desire to be in nature. It has become necessary to re-center my attitudes. When I crafted my 2021 intentions I had no idea that within the first week I would be so shaken by the events of my country that I would experience a mental paralysis. Like every American, I’ve wrestled with events as they unfold and it has left me immobile in my thoughts. Try as I might, I cannot shake the foreboding feelings because life is saturated in media, news, and talk about the future of our nation.
This weekend I am hoping for that fresh perspective that comes from fresh air.
My prayer is that this weekend will help me to move past the wreckage and into a place of clarity and peace. Not only do I pray for physical restoration, but I also pray to reunite with the inner peace that comes from a fresh faith.
The Ameri Brit Mom