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Have you ever been “peopled out”?

That’s how I feel this afternoon.  It’s been a wonderful two weeks of many people in my home, for a variety of reasons. Some times were planned and other times were spontaneous and crisis-oriented — but all were divine appointments that needed my full attention.

I love to fill my home with friends.

But I need some down time now.  My body tells me when I need some alone time. A friend of mine used to say that, “we all have our idiot lights” —  those physical ailments that seem to flair when you’re emotionally and/or mentally fatigued — for me, it’s my back. When I get the feeling that it’s time to stretch over my exercise ball for a few minutes, followed by a long stretch of being quiet and still, I know I’m “peopled out”.

I am honoured to be invited into peoples’ lives. I know the humility it takes to recognize need, ask for and accept help. I savor the incredible release of laughing ’til it hurts with a friend. I am fulfilled when God uses me to listen to, console and offer hope to someone who is deeply struggling.

These friendships are precious. So alive. So real. I believe that when women support each other, incredible things happen.

But for me, I need time to refuel as well.

So, I’m going to grab a handle of Jelly Bellies, snuggle under a warm blanket and watch American Idol for an hour.

. . . Oh — but first, I’m going to enjoy a long stretch over that exercise ball.






A friend of mine

My body tells me when I need some alone time.


One Comment

  1. Kathy

    I totally relate. Friends are wonderful but aloneness is a balm to the spirit.

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