One of the things that always restores my soul when I'm feeling over-burdened or stressed is engrossing myself in a simple pleasure of some sort. A simple pleasure can be anything from watching the snow fall to baking your favorite recipe. The activity is different for everyone, but the effect is the same; quieting yourself and allowing God to enter. Arts and crafts is one of my simple pleasures. Losing myself in the creative process helps me find myself. I feel more connected to God, have a sense of renewal and come away feeling...refreshed.
My simple pleasure this week has been cutting this paper fern (which I plan to frame and hang in my bathroom when its finished). I just love the process of intricate snipping, the repetition of navigating twists and turns and watching a form emerge from the canvas of white. It's such a simple task yet powerful in its ability to renew. With each snip and turn my mind wanders and my worries melt away. Sometimes I slip into prayer, other times I find clarity and the weight on my shoulders just doesn't seem quite so heavy anymore. No matter where my simple pleasure takes me, I always come away lighter. Happier.
I encourage you to find yourself in a simple pleasure this week!