“Allowing yourself frailty is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself.” After reading these wise words to Michele Cushatt from a counselor as quoted in her book Undone,* I began to ask myself: Am I kind to me?
Last week I shared with you how that one sentence inspired me to make a change in my life. So what change did I make?
I resigned from the 5 am Club.
When I told friends I was waking up at 5 am to write, no one patted me on the back in praise of my self-discipline. Instead they asked, “don’t you need eight hours of sleep?”
Though it’s true my body prefer eight hours of sleep, I can get by on seven. And on a perfect night, I would get all seven hours of sleep and wake up rested and refreshed.
But life isn’t perfect, and more often than not I would survive on six to seven hours of sleep. And while every morning I started off great, as the day went on I found myself doing just what was necessary and nothing more.
We all go through seasons where life requires depending on God’s grace, but this wasn’t the case. I had simply decided to survive on less sleep.
So when I asked myself “am I kind to me,” the answer was no. And to be honest, my tired self wasn’t always kind to those around me either.
Cutting five hours out of my schedule wasn’t an easy task. I started by seeking God and then placing items on my schedule that I knew were His best for me.
“If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it.” James 1:5 TLB
So no more getting up while the world still sleeps. I now set my alarm for a reasonable 6 am wake up. I also noticed a certain pride had taken root with that 5 am wake up, a pride I happily uprooted when I set my alarm forward.
So I ask you, my sweet friend, Are you kind to you? If your answer isn’t “yes,” what is one change you can make today? And if you don’t know what to do, ask God, and He will happily tell you.
From our home to yours, wishing you a safe and blessed 4th of July as we celebrate America’s Independence Day! And in honor of the day, I want to say thank you to our military and their families who love and support them.
Rest in His presence.