As we drove past the familiar rock formations and got closer to the orchards, my heart began to finally feel peace. We didn't really have an agenda, just a few hours to spare and a couple bucks for ice cream. My kids didn't want to leave the orchard after we picked a bag full of apples, and neither did I.
So what's the lesson here? To go to Capitol Reef? While I think it's a great place that you should check out, the real lesson is, take the time to be in your happy place. Don't let life be so busy that you don't stop to allow your Spirit to feel "home". You know, our plan at the beginning of that trip was to get home early enough to clean out the car, eat dinner at home, and get to bed early. But as we pulled in near midnight, I didn't feel bad that our plans had changed. I felt that it was a little tender mercy from Heaven and I'm grateful we listened to the little voice that invited us to change our plans.
So where's your happy place? When is the last time you were there?
Can I share one more thought that a dear friend and interior decorator shared with me a few weeks ago. She was in my home helping me with some ideas to make it feel more peaceful and comfortable. She asked me where my happy place was. When I told her of the gardens she presented me with an idea. "If we can't get you to the gardens, let's bring the gardens to you." We talked of some of the different elements that I loved about the gardens and Capitol Reef and brainstormed ideas of how to incorporate that into my home. (I will post what we came up with once it's done). Then she invited me to visualize that as I went about tasks in my home, I imagine that I was in that happy place. You know something, it worked!
So I invite you to give it a try. Incorporate things that remind you of your happy place into your home, then spend some time imagining you are there. It changes everything!