Every summer, I reflect on what I have accomplished so far in the year. Then I check my to-do list and my goals for the remainder of the year.
This summer, I helped staff Women of the ELCA’s exhibit at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, June 27-July 1. There, youth filled more than 2,000 personal care kits, and youth leaders learned about how to fight human trafficking in their communities.
I look forward to collecting stories from that event about how Women of the ELCA inspired others to live and act boldly as they address human trafficking.
Each day seems to pass too quickly as I try to fit so much into my schedule. But it’s time to take time for me. I’ll spend several days this summer with my family on a trip where I hope to relax. Graduation dinners and parties will fill many days of my summer as the young adults in my life plan to enter college.
Through these events, I’ll create new memories and stories to share for years to come.
Not only will I try to relax my body this summer, but I’ll also take time to care for my mind and spirit. Before I can live out Women of the ELCA’s purpose statement of promoting healing and wholeness in the church, society and world, I’ll need to practice healthy living myself.
Women tend to put themselves last when it comes to caregiving, and it’s time to change that.
Does your schedule seem to grow each year? If you fill your days with planning your next activity, consider making time for yourself.
I love this quote from Kobi Yamada, an inspirational author, that reminds me what will happen if I don’t take care of myself. “Be good to yourself. If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?”
Resources that help
Women of the ELCA has several free downloadable resources that can help you practice healthy living.
Enjoy laughter or meditation or create the space or activity that will inspire you to promote healing and wholeness in yourself.
How do you take time to relax?
Eva James Yeo is director of membership for Women of the ELCA.