Everyone would like to be a better version of themselves than they are. Except for the people who want to be someone else, which of course is just a recipe for misery.
Mind you, I find the journey to a better me to be pretty frustrating at times. I can see that better life, healthier, kinder to others, calmer in myself… But it’s just not something I can manage alone.
My morning Bible reading reminded me that in fact, we aren’t meant to do these things alone. They are the fruit of the spirit. That is, as we seek God first, he is able to work out a better version of us as we go along.
It has always mattered to me, but has been brought into sharp focus as I approach the mid way point of my pregnancy.
Now I don’t just want to be a better me for my family and for the young people I work with… But R and I’s child… The one that for all these years we thought was impossible.
Even in the face of a miracle, change is mundane. Longer walks with the dogs, starting a gentle exercise routine at home and a new drive on healthy eating:
That and a renewed desire to meet each day with Jesus, knowing it isn’t by might or power that things change, but by his Spirit.
This week I am curating the twitter feed mh_voices.
It is always a privalage to hear other people’s stories and I am using this week to get as many people heard as possible. I may not be a politician or a celebrity and my voice may not get heard very far away, but listening is an act of love, and as mother Theresa said:
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
So this week I get to help promote the voices of people who sometimes find even getting out of bed and dressed takes all the mental strength they have… and yet get up and go to work/college/school anyway. Surely this is worth hearing.
So many people with mental ill health get on each day and do the same day as their co workers but it takes the courage of heroes to do.
Here is to their often unnoticed battle.
I see you.
Years ago, before I went to university, I climbed Ben Nevis with some friends.
If you ever have, you will know that you get to a number of “summits”, ridges that could for all intent and purpose, be the top.
But when you get to it, you realise there is much further to go.
In the same way, being well is a journey, and not one for the Hare, rushing to what looks like the finish line, only to find it isn’t and then having a set back because there are no resources for the next climb.
Wellness is a Tortoise game.
We climb, knowing that there will be fresh challenges ahead, taking our time, using what we have learnt, and enjoying the view as we go.