Trying to balance a full-time job with raising children, getting a divorce, exercising, and fulfilling my dreams is extremely challenging. For some reason, working in this environment yields a higher level of productivity. I find myself with limited time to work on projects. I compress many tasks in a short period of time. Why is that, Grace?
The boys also help me with my workouts. They enjoy going to the gym’s day care and that really boosts my energy to continue exercising. Besides, working out is exhilarating. I never thought that I would enjoy exercising; I always thought of it as a chore. After a long workout, I definitely want to celebrate with Merlot, but I know green tea is the better option.
Eve, green tea is a smart choice. Though, I must say, there are certain times when Merlot is the perfect drink.
Speaking of time, it is one of the greatest gifts God gives. You are here right now because it is your time to be here. Everyone is given 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, 365 days in a year. J.R.R. Tolkein said, “All you have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given us.” It sounds like you have little room to add anything else to it. What do you hope your busyness adds up to?
Did you know that Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Ghandi, Einstein, etc., all had 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week and 365 days in a year? What helped them accomplish what they did? Were they busy, trying to multi-task and juggle so many things? Or were they so focus and clear on what they wanted to do that they did not add anything to their schedule that did not align to their goal? Is this even possible for you or anybody else? Would you want to live a life like this? Or is there some sort of thrill and a high you get from juggling so much? Would you be able to concentrate having 1 clear solid focus? Could the key to impacting the world be so simple by actually simplifying, prioritizing and aligning your focus, goal to your every action? This would mean that you would not take on anything that would create a detour or throw you off on a tangent. Is this conceivable in your world?
This is a lot to think about so I would like to leave you with the following by Mark Bachaman, The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Your Sabbath
“Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, ten of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing… Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.”
The question remains, if the Giver of Time gave you time as a present, do you think you have the time to step into the moment and honor the Giver of Time with your presence? Only time will tell the benefits this will produce. Are you open any time this week to try this?