I have a morning routine. Five minutes of mindless thinking (I don’t call it meditation because as soon as I say I’m doing that I can’t sit still…), make a cup of tea, drink a glass of water, journal, look at my to do list, then read a page from “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach…
Simple Abundance is a group of essays, one for each day of the year, that are simply a way of reminding us to slow down an appreciate what we have. Sometimes the essays are practical, like how to get rid of stuff in your closet. And some days the essays are about bringing a level of spirituality back into your life. Today’s essay is entitled “Second Thoughts” and focuses on not necessarily sharing all your ideas with everyone (which makes me wonder if I should be sharing anything ever…)
One day a few months ago, the essay was about creating a “comfort drawer”. The idea was to have a drawer set aside that would hold things that you need on hand when you are having a bad day and need a little pick me up.
Ok. Let’s face facts. When I read this, I thought it was ridiculous. First off I don’t have a spare drawer. It would take some massive rearranging to come up with a drawer…(see- I was being literally literal tight then)
Secondly, who needs a drawer for comfort items? Haven’t we all built that into our days already…
Then March came….
I began to rethink the whole comfort drawer thing…
I really really needed something…
So I actually rethought my nightstand drawers. Without actually realizing it, my nightstand drawers already were sort of like a comfort station. It actually wasn’t that difficult to reorganize it so that one held my comfort items.
So what does my comfort drawer contain? you ask:
- fuzzy socks
- lavender lotion
- lavender scented neck wrap that can be heated in the microwave
- weighted eye pillow
- hot pink gel pen
- lavender essential oil
- mindfulness cards with quotes and stuff to make me stop and think
- a letter that means a lot to me
Because I don’t like food products in my bedroom, in the corner of a high kitchen cabinet I have a tin of really good tea and a box of individually wrapped Walker’s shortbread cookies, which are my absolute favorite comfort treat.
Do you have things that instantly refresh you when you are feeling not so hot?
What things would you include in your comfort station?
Do you think the whole idea of a comfort drawer is silly?
Do you think the idea is brilliant?
Do you ever need just a little bit of comfort in these challenging times?