Day 156: Take

IMG_2463Someone posted this flyer at our gym. No explanations, no ulterior motives–just a flyer instructing you (me!) to “take what you need.” Not only did the flyer make me smile, but it also made me think.

First–it made me realize how often the word “take” has a negative connotation to it. Here, though, it really is the mirror image of “accept.” I’ve written before about the difficulty I have in accepting gifts. The idea that I could take what I needed–that I could just reach out and pluck off the peace, or healing, or strength that I lack–was a refreshing concept.

Second–it made me realize that, much as I have a hard time accepting gifts, I seem to have an equally hard time admitting when I am in need. No, not just admitting; I have a hard time even recognizing when I am in need, or what needs I have.

So: what tab did I pull off the sign today?

Not a one–because I didn’t think the sign was meant for me.

Silly, right? Because less than an hour ago I got into an argument with my wife over, well, it doesn’t really matter what, because the argument was really about my impatience and frustration over a simple miscommunication–a frustration and impatience as much with myself as with my wife.

All I needed was a little more patience right at the moment when there seemed to be none at hand.

And that’s why I think I could use a few more signs like the one I saw in the gym today… because sometimes I need to be reminded that whatever I need really is right there for me–if only I can remember to reach out (or in) and take hold.


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10 Responses to Day 156: Take

  1. Joanna says:

    I love this idea. I could do with seeing signs like this every day to remind me of what’s important to me; it’s so easy to forget.

    • Mark says:

      It was doubly effective since it was so unexpected–I mean: who would expect to see such a sign on a bulletin board in a climbing gym?

  2. It’s amazing how just that acknowledgement of what I need can lighten the weight of it. I normally don’t, but did last night.

    • Mark says:

      It is amazing, I agree. I’m hoping with a little practice it will become a little less amazing and a little more of an everyday event!

  3. Beth Dahleen says:

    What a sweet spirit left that flier! Very cool! I’ll take faith today, thank you!

  4. That’s beautiful, and so true.

  5. nrhatch says:

    This is my favorite post of yours to date!

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