The theme of cultivate, my One Word for this year, is woven throughout the days of writing this month. I am focusing on several areas of life that have been my focus for cultivating this year. I am not doing things perfectly, but I am learning as I go and would love to share some of it with you.
To share one’s life with someone else is an exciting and scary journey. Dealing with the in’s and out’s of your own life at times can seem much, but when you share life with some else, to a degree you take on the in’s and out’s of their life as well. This can be overwhelming.
So often in our communities, we look at sharing in light of sharing the burdens of those around us. We are to help, encourage, pray, and serve. These are all true – but these good things are simply one side of sharing. To share with another also means we celebrate, enjoy, and join the fun of their life. To see the fulfillment of prayers prayed, the joy of a burden lifted, and the privilege of being able to aid our fellow life travelers are also part of sharing life.
True, taking on the share of life means time and energy spent for another. This is time and energy away from yourself and your immediate world. But, is that not what life is? giving of ourselves for the good and benefit of those around us? Maybe this is my abundance mentality showing through, the idea that we have enough of what we really need and we are to live looking to aid and benefit those around us. Does this mean we give to our own detriment – at times maybe, though I would argue this ought not to be the norm. And I am definitely not promoting the idea of caring so much for others that we neglect ourselves and those closest to us. But neither are we to care so much for ourselves, that we fail to look up and see how we can share with those around us, those outside of the walls of our immediate life.
Take the time to know your way, do the things that enable to you walk in that purpose, and remember to share in the lives around you. Yes, there will be some extra burdens. Yet, remember, the joys are multiplied as well!
This post is a part of the Write 31 Days Challenge for 2017. Each October writers around the world, take up the challenge to write and share their writing each day for the month of October. The theme for my writing this year is Cultivate. Following the prompts provided by the Five Minute Friday community, my goal is to write and post each day. Check out my 2017 Write 31 Days landing page for a list of all the prompts I’ll be following and links to each days post.