“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time.” – Sir John Lubbock, “The Use of Life” via Real Simple

I bet you have at least a dozen promises you’re committed to. Helping out a friend, picking up a prescription for a loved one, whipping up something fancy for 4th of July, writing thank you notes for your child’s party, visiting a relative, volunteering, etc. That hardly includes the groceries, the laundry, or taking care of your family.

It’s a long overflowing, unending, list of things to do. For others.

But are you on that list?

Have you forgotten about your own needs in lieu of their needs?

This 4th of July celebrate your own independence by freeing yourself from obligations and the fear of disappointing others. For once, give yourself permission to enjoy your freedom to be.

It’s not your responsibility to mend your family’s wounds. It’s not your fault if your kids or your in-laws are unhappy. You don’t have to be happy all the time. You are not supposed to look like you leaped from the cover of a magazine. You don’t have to put everyone’s life back together. You are capable of controlling only one thing-yourself.

Celebrate you and all of your quirks, uniqueness and abnormalities. Celebrate your freedom to let things slide for just this moment and breathe.

Happy 4th of July!

{Etsy painting from here.}

{Etsy painting from here.}

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