Today, I went for my first walk in a very long time. Anyone who really knows me knows I love walking. I love the ocean breeze that blows in my neighbourhood and I especially love to look at the beautiful houses and discover new routes.
For years, I had thought that I didn’t have the time for this type of exercise anymore. I had higher priorities and demanding work and family life to keep on top of. Time, for me, was never enough.
However, the other day, I prayed believing that something had to give in my life. I wasn’t happy the way days were going by, and I hardly felt fulfilled at what I had accomplished. It seemed like someone, besides me, was running my life!
God helped me to see that I was far more in control than I realised. He revealed to me that much of the time wasted was spent in front of the TV. It was the thing that kept me captive, drained me of passion and strength, so that I wasn’t able to function at my true capacity.
So, right there and then, I made my New Year’s resolution to no longer be a captive to television. I wrote a new plan or schedule for my days that limits my TV watching, and ensures that I give more time to my family and myself. Even work has been bordered in. Because the life in which I am happiest, I am not a workaholic!
With this new routine, I sleep earlier so that I can wake up early to pray, and allow myself one hour in the morning to exercise and take care of me! Instead of looking to television to help me to relax or keep me entertained, I can now actively spend that time relaxing with a book, listening to music, writing, or playing with my child and doing more of the things that make me human! What is more, my strength is not drained, but renewed by these activities.
As I walked out of my house this morning and felt the fresh breeze on my face, I marveled at how I had been a willing prisoner in my own home. Never again!
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