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It’s Sunday night. The day is almost over. It’s just about time to delve into the busy week ahead.

But wait…

Take a few minutes to breathe and do something for you before your night comes to an end. We all need to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.

I think it’s time for tea.

Bring me the sunset in a cup. ~Emily Dickinson

(I know I’ve said this before but sometimes we all need a little reminder.)

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“Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realizing you were the prisoner.” ~Max Lucado

I read this quote by Max Lucado last week and it spoke to me. I immediately jotted it down on a sticky note and it has been in front of my computer screen ever since. When it comes to forgiving, whether it be having to forgive someone else or yourself, how do you do it? Does it come naturally to you? Or do you struggle with it? I’m sure it depends on the situation but I’m asking in general. (If you’d like to be more specific, please do share!)

For the most part I would like to think that I’m good at forgiving others. But when I think of situations that caused me great suffering I start to realize that maybe I just don’t always know how to forgive. Or perhaps it’s letting go. Maybe that is the bigger issue for me. But don’t they go hand in hand? Just knowing how much they weigh on me makes me recognize just how true the above quote is! Thinking of two difficult situations that still consume me I realize that part of my not letting go is probably because of the fear of being hurt by the same situation again and again.

When you think of forgiveness what do you think? Is it something that you tie mostly to your religion, your upbringing or to something else? Some consider forgiveness to be an act or a decision. Do you try to teach others how to forgive? Perhaps your children, a friend, or a family member dealing with a difficult situation? How do you go about doing so?

Today, if there is something weighing on your mind, try to let go. I’m not always sure how to do so but I’d suggest to start by doing something that helps you to relax. Go for a walk, have a cup of tea, read a book, write your thoughts down, call someone who lifts your soul just by saying hello. Allow your heart time to heal and let go. Forgive. Unlock that door. Free yourself.

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Late yesterday morning I had an opportunity to sit outside for a few minutes while having a cup of tea. I was in desperate need of a break and this was my chance; so I took it. My little guy had just gone down for a nap and although I had many things to do I decided the first thing I needed was a cup of tea. It was a cool day but the sun was bright and beautiful and I threw on a sweatshirt and went outside. I decided that my “break” was going to last as long as my tea did.

As I sat there I saw a neighbor smoking a cigar, another one walking her dog, two birds playing in the air, and a bee trying to decide how well it wanted to get to know me. (Thankfully, not well) The past few days my head has just been spinning in different directions and I felt it was time to try to let go of some of the stress. I decided to think of one of my favorite places – my grandparents camp up north. It wasn’t long before I could hear the sound of the waves crashing up against the dock, or that I could smell the crisp air with campfire trickling through it. I started to begin to relax. It was evident because my shoulders ached from the stress they were holding and I actually noticed the sun that warmed my face. I allowed myself to revisit some memories from up north and it felt good. It even felt good to remember some not so easy times when a trip up north gave me the peace I needed to rebuild my strength.

Do you have a place to escape? Whether it be a favorite place away, somewhere close by or even a room in your home? When was the last time you took the time to go there? Allow yourself the time to. Relax, unwind, breathe.

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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