Eeyore is at least consistent.
Always blue, always tired, always with a harrumphing attitude, and yet, he is consistently steady. Plodding along, he still remains in friendship and in going about daily life as best he can. And the best part: he is always loved. The bear, the pig, and the owl alongside the sincerely empathizing boy seem ready to stand by him no matter what.
I am feeling it as the holiday season begins. Yes, I am feeling a bit Eeyore-ish.
Feeling a bit blue about my life situation dealing with residual side effects after surviving my second round of a cancer earlier this year; feeling a bit tired of missing my son who died suddenly just over three and a half years ago; and feeling a bit harumph-ish about writing: does it really matter if I write anyway?
And yet, I plod on, because, well, here I am: writing. Better late than never… August was a while ago.
I am an Eeyore on a Soapbox today.
I am here to tell you to plod on, keep in friendship, keep going forward in living, and remember: you are always loved.
Loss, illness, disappointments, fears, frustrations and hard stuff will always be part of this life. Not one of us gets to escape these things. The storms hit us all and we all get wet, wind-whipped, sand in the eye, and pinged by frozen ice sometimes. Like Eeyore, we all want a new tail because we think it will make things better.
But, a new tail won’t change a thing.
You want to know what changes things?
Good friends, found in both our biological family and in our community family. You know the ones; they are the ones that love you no matter what. Stay close to them, don’t push them away. Be with them even when you don’t really feel like it and let them be with you. This is my encouraging advice to you today. Guaranteed, it will make your daily living so much better.
… even still, remember you are always loved.
I am standing on the Soapbox now. I am hoping it matters that I write anyway.
Jesus came for the Eeyore’s like you and me, the downcast and disheartened people. And he tells us, cast your cares upon me because I care for you.
Jesus is the only one who can lift your chin up so it stays up. He alone gives you the sustaining strength to be transformed. A relationship with Jesus enables you to do more than plod along wishing for a new tail in life. Take courage my friends, Jesus loves you and cares for you just as you are, as an old Hymn says: “Jesus take me as I am, I can come no other way.” Transparent, it is just how Jesus wants us; bring your mess, your woes, and all that makes you weep. He is waiting and wanting to hug you close.
unite with me and come to Jesus; this is my invitational gift to you this holiday season.
Though I still feel Eeyore-ish at times, I feel loved at all times and my chin stays up, even without a new tail.
Thoughts? Questions? Feel free to contact me.