A year ago, I planned to write a novel. Two years ago, I planned to paint. Four years ago I planned to do obedience training with my dog. I did … for a bit of time. I was not able, however, to sustain the additions to my life. For some unknown reason, I thought that I could explore new ventures without the sacrifice of current commitments and activities.
I quickly learned that I had reached the carrying capacity for one 24-hour period.
I cannot add a new interest, hobby or habit without letting something else go. Decreasing sleep did not go well (my family will confirm that failed attempt!). One year later, I have learned:
if you want to read more novels … stop watching tv
if you want to improve your friendships … stop logging into social media
if you want to spend more time with your family … stop working at your job
if you want more financial resources … stop spending money
if you want to paint the house … stop sitting on the couch
Nobody gets more hours in a day. Resources remain fixed (both time and energy). After much reflection last Fall, I recommitted myself to pursuing my writing. Words poured into my journal. Every situation brought new insights. Opportunities to write increased at work and home. I felt that I had words to share. With renewed vigor, I returned to writing discipleship resources. I still plan to complete my novel; but I need to complete a couple other projects first.
I made several changes in my days: fewer movies, novels at bedtime only, and work during work hours (mostly but my boundaries are still not so good here!).
To move forward into a new venture, sometimes we need to conclude something else first.
Instead of stressing to embrace everything, I got busy making intentional choices with my time.
How about you?? What do you want to add to your day?
To do so, what do you need to stop?
Posted by Sharon R. Hoover