Well did everyone survive the deep freeze?
Here in Ohio it got down to -8 degrees F! What about you?
My brother did that experiment where he brought a small pot of boiling water outside, threw it into the air, and it actually turned into steam! It was so cool!
I’m sitting in the kitchen at my parents’ house right now, and I’m looking out the window onto the river that has frozen over. What a beautiful sight to see. It’s a winter wonderland.
But boy, this snow has put a big, troubling halt on life as we know it here in Cincy. Over Christmas, because of the big snow and big freeze, people were pretty well snowed in. The roads weren’t great, not to mention that people just flat out didn’t want to leave and brave the cold.
We could barely even take the dog out to go to the bathroom for more than 2 minutes without getting a deep bone chill!
And I’ll tell you what – it really forced me to slow down, and just be. We played games, watched movies, cooked yummy food and had long, interesting family chats.
I had a very interesting conversation with one of my family members about how sometimes, there are seasons where we have to just give ourselves a little extra grace.
And well, I am definitely in one of those seasons. Let’s just say, I am feeling a little out of balance. Beginning with moving, and then getting Covid, and now being snowed in, I haven’t been able to exercise at all, and coupled with the stress of this particular season…suffice it to say that I’m needing to be kind to myself in my thoughts, and give my body a little extra grace.
It’s actually been a beautiful “test” to my recovery from anorexia. Because there was a time that, had I been where I am today: where my clothes are little snugger, and my fitness level being far less than I’m used to…that frankly, I would have freaked out.
But it’s been really empowering to see just how far and secure I am in my recovery that I am just rolling with it. I’m not freaking out, I’m not altering my recovery path, or making choices that lean a little too close to the sun if you catch my drift. I’m just carrying on, giving myself grace, and saying that right now, this is just a season where working out is not a possibility, and we’re just getting through the stress of it all.
In my past, allowing myself grace was never something I could do. It was always: self punishment, or berating my mind with negative self talk, or taking extreme measures to regain that strict control over my food and lifestyle choices until I got back to my baseline.
And this goes for more than just “body stuff” too…
Offering ourselves grace can run so many different veins. Maybe the Christmas presents weren’t wrapped in the meticulous way we would have wanted. Maybe we’re going through a tough personal patch, and we got a lower grade than normal on a test. Or perhaps we need to just “say no” to a party invitation, to protect our mental health.
Giving ourselves grace is a beautiful exercise in gentleness towards the self. And coming from someone who was a professional “self-destructor” during my anorexia, that concept of “gentleness” is a practice I’ve really had to work hard to cultivate.
But it is so necessary for our wellbeing.
God doesn’t expect perfection from us. And He offers us an abundance of endless grace. And it is our job to reflect that.
I find that it is much easier to extend that grace to other people. But we, too, deserve it from ourselves.
And in this season, I that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m doing the best I can, I’ve got a lot of demands on my time and energy, and so I’m just doing the next right thing.
I invite you to join me and do the same 🙂
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