Not working on Sunday means I should make it to church. Instead, I slept in.
It is my dog’s job to awaken me in the morning but even he chose to sleep in. That is, until the first outpouring from the thunderous sky woke him. So our late morning began with a rainy day walk for Valentino to take care of doggie business while I beat myself up for missing Sunday morning service with my church family.
As I dried the dog and myself I contemplated how to turn my day into a guilt-free Sunday and find my serenity. I did not want to spend my day off guilt-ridden over something I did not do. Yes, I wanted to go to church. But nothing was going to change the fact that I did not go, so beating myself up would serve no positive purpose and would surely steal the serenity I would need to work through another week.
I have found the best way to relieve myself of guilty feelings is to own up to the action which caused the guilt. I missed church due to a Sunday morning snooze. So be it.
I could not do a thing about that fact, nor the stormy weather, but I need not let loose of my Sunday serenity. With rain in the forecast for the entire day the next thing on my day off to-do list would not happen either — taking Valentino to the dog park for a leash-free run would be naught but a muddy mess!
What to do? A cathartic write would serve me well!
Although I probably can not live a totally guilt-free life I can certainly do those things which help to support my serenity. Sharing my thoughts and feelings helps to put my spirit in a peaceful place.
But of course, I will do my best not to sleep in next week. My God and my church family provides serenity for my soul upon which it feeds throughout the week.
Naturally, playful moments with my dog Valentino are the best medicine for putting my heart in its rightful happy place. So off I went for a speedy walk in the rain for me and Valentino again. And I do hope you, too, can see Serenity smiling down on me and V in the midst of the raindrops in the puddle!
Serenity Found with My Dog Valentino
Can you tell I have learned to value my serenity? I find it necessary to have peace of mind to get through the daily grind. Do you?
Images in this article are mine, copyright under Ruth Cox of www.DogPawsitiveTidbits.com