When my Son, Alexander, was in second grade he came home with an assignment called 'Flat Stanley'. On a piece of paper was an outline of a boy 'Stanley'.
Stanley was to be colored, cut out, and the children were to take him with them - for rides, to the store, to Church, to family outings. The intention
being that Stanley would have an adventure and the children would write about it. We had a lot of fun with Stanley and his adventures.
been feeling a bit like 'Flat Stanley'. Being taken on 'adventures'... taken along for the ride.
...and feeling 'flat' while doing it...
For weeks now I've felt out of sync with what has been happening around me.
Maybe you can relate.
Life happens, and you just get on with it...work, chores, obligations are completed without any real
I've found myself pondering during this 'Flat Stanley' experience - "What is wrong with me?"
Days dragged by...into weeks and some great, wonderful things occurred...but I was unable to experience them fully...still feeling 'flat'.
…and then this past week I realized what the issue was...
I was feeling disconnected from God (Source,
The Universe). Yes, daily I was grateful for my blessings - large and small - thanking God for them all. But, somewhere along the way other things, other tasks became more important.
Oh, I prayed. Without any real connection being felt. I prayed out of obligation, out of habit. Not truly feeling a link to God.
…a Bible verse came to me, "Pray without Ceasing" First Thessalonians 5:17
When tragedy or hardship strike it easier to
pray without ceasing. To remain in prayer. When life is flowing smoother the bond to God can feel like an afterthought.
How do we obtain that
For me, I've found that remaining in gratitude and thanking our Creator for absolutely everything is the key...as well as praying with
Setting aside time daily to connect to Source is vital. Whether through meditation, walking in nature, or sitting silently, without distraction,
in your living room.
In good times and bad the connection is there for us...if only we make the effort.
Make the effort.
Honor yourself, the wonderful spiritual being that you are, 'recharge
your batteries' by purposely cultivating your connection to God.
Set aside time, remain in gratitude and talk with God without ceasing... That, my friends, is the cure to not feeling the disconnection to your lives...to not feeling like a 'Flat Stanley'.