Problem Solving

I may look like I’m not doing anything, but I’m quite busy problem-solving, being creative, or just thinking in my head with about 30 tabs open.

I was scattered today and becoming frustrated.

No matter what I did, I could not get my mind to focus on any one thing. I started at least four different projects, completely none. This is usually a sign I’m trying to do too much. My mind felt like a scratched record–an analogy that definitely shows my age–thoughts and ideas skipping all over the place. I knew I just needed to stop.

I needed to find a way to balance myself–both mentally and physically.

I grabbed my work gloves, gathered some tools, and headed out to do some work in the yard. It’s too early to do much, but I could pull some weeds and clean up some of the flower beds. After an hour of connecting to the good Earth and Mother Nature, I was feeling much better.

I read some of Rabbi Naomi Levy’s book today, Talking to God.  I’d like to share with you a nighttime prayer from this book. I hope you’ll find comfort in Rabbi Levy’s words. May this prayer help you release the burdens and worries of this past week and allow you to rest and recharge fully this weekend.

A Night Prayer

With the darkness comes Your light. Earth and sky blend into one, the heavens seem closer now, the day’s burdens farther somehow. Your presence is almost palpable. Watch over me, God, body, and soul. Stay beside me through the night. Protect me from harm. Banish my fears. Send me dreams that are sweet, fill my heart with Your peace, set my mind at ease. And, at first light, please, restore me to new life. Amen.

Levy, Naomi. Talking to God: Personal Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, and Celebration (p. 35). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

I am…

B…simply being…

May God bless us all and keep us safe.


My thanks to Chuck Hackenmiller for allowing me to use his photo published in the I grew up in Iowa Facebook page. Please note, NO re-use permitted without permission from the photographer, Mr. Chuck Hackenmiller, Boone, Iowa.   




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