Slowing Down

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I read this post today about filling your well and something she said really struck me:

That without this there is only wringing out a damp rag, trying to squeeze something out of myself that is almost dry. Blood from a stone.

I think, no, I know, this is my problem; my well is empty, bone dry, but I keep trying to get more out of it.

November is almost over and it has kicked my butt, hard!! I have spent the majority of the month on edge, stressed out, and running myself ragged trying to fulfill every obligation I have, and then feeling like I am dropping the ball in other areas.

Thursday is Thanksgiving and I don't know how we got here so quickly. By now I wanted to have everything finished, have my tree up, and just coast through the holiday's enjoying myself and the time spent together with my family.

But instead there are long lists of things still needing to be accomplished and I am feeling overwhelmed.

On Sunday a Conference talk came to mind, given by one of my favorites, about slowing down when things get crazy and focusing on the things that matter most. So I found it and sat down to read.

I could see myself in every single word spoken.

Let’s be honest; it’s rather easy to be busy. We all can think up a list of tasks that will overwhelm our schedules. Some might even think that their self-worth depends on the length of their to-do list. They flood the open spaces in their time with lists of meetings and minutia—even during times of stress and fatigue. Because they unnecessarily complicate their lives, they often feel increased frustration, diminished joy, and too little sense of meaning in their lives.

So what is the solution? I am still trying to figure it out, but I now have a starting point.

I made a list of things to focus on every day guided by the four relationships he tells us we should strengthen: Our relationship with God, our Families, our Fellowman, and Ourselves.

I have a few "must do's" on my list that I am really trying to focus on completing, and then I will be cutting down on the amount of things I volunteer for. I will start thinking about what is best for my health and for me to accomplish my biggest priority, being a good Wife and Mother.

But right now I am taking a break for the weekend. I am going to enjoy to let this wonderful holiday help to fill my well by enjoying the company of my family. All of the conversation, love, and laughter I can get.

It is no wonder this is my favorite time of year.

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend is the best!!

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