I presented to a church group last week, and as part of the meeting, they were reflecting on Proverbs 31:21, “She doesn’t fear for her household when it snows, because they are all dressed in warm clothes”. As I pondered the verse, I realized that we all have Snow, we all have difficult seasons in our life.
This idea has been rolling around in my head these last few days, as friends and family struggle with life’s stormy weather, and the clean-up afterwards. Even we Klimczaks are cleaning up from especially busy days, and preparing for more busy times in the next few weeks.
We all have to endure “Snow” from the scripture, the stormy weather of life. We have cold, dark, uncertain or tumultuous times: big life events or small, personal hardships and tragedies, major work deadlines, illness or the death of a loved one. If you are enduring ‘stormy weather’ right now, know that I am praying for you.
Here’s the toughest part, I think. Regardless of our storms, no matter how vulnerable or maxed out we feel, the rest of the world just marches on. And as hard as it seems, we have to catch up. Today, let’s talk about the after-storm clean up, and preparing for every day life plus the possibility of the next storm.
If you’re coming through your storm, you may feel tired, sad, drained, unmotivated. Focus on Survival first: Food, clothing, shelter and safety.
- Take a shower, get dressed, accomplish your usual morning routine.
- Get something to eat and something to drink. Take care of You.
- Make the bed. It’s amazing how accomplished we feel after such a simple task.
- Open up the blinds and curtains. Close your eyes and bask in the daylight for a moment or two. Maybe even crack a window open for some fresh air. Breathe deeply. If the day is dark and gloomy, turn on some soft lighting as you get moving.
Now, Maintenance tasks:
- Grab a notebook. I guarantee, as you move around your space today with your thoughts set on clearing “storm damage” and restoring order, ideas will occur to you that need to be noted!
- Start a load of laundry. Or fold a load. Ah, laundry. That never ending pursuit of clean clothes. Ours are clean but heaped in the big cart to be folded. So this morning, I started a load and folded a couple. This task took all of 5 minutes once I set out to complete it.
- Clean the kitchen counter so you can make coffee, of course!, but also so you have some place to put the groceries you’re about to buy!
- Craft a quick grocery list and head to the store. This is not a 2-week buying extravaganza, this is the “let’s get through the next few days” trip. And did you know there are flowers at the grocery? Bought some tulips today. Made me smile. (There is also chocolate, specifically Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, on sale right now. Just sayin’…)
- Take a coupe more deep breaths.
- Put the groceries away, grabbing something for your self for lunch and leaving something out for dinner.
- Feeling better yet?
- Check the mail that has piled up, toss or recycle as much as possible, add the action items (add them to your list, of course, like “pay bills”, and “make appointment for car service”), and schedule time to complete those action.
- Check the email, purging all but the essentials. Add the action items to your to-do list. Put out fires and flag emails for later, add those to your action list then move on.
- Accept help. A friend offers to drive the car pool, drop off a meal or run an errand? YES! And remember, sometimes the storm is ours, and sometimes it is someone else’s, so be ready to help out when you can, too.
The challenge with life’s stormy weather is that we don’t usually know when the storms will hit. So it behooves us to quickly recover from life’s ups and downs and get back to normal, so we’re better prepared when the next storm rolls around.
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