Do you need to examine your priorities? Russ and I are in that process, and this is how we’re doing it.
When I was in the hospital, I had time to consider my life. I realized that I need to make changes – lots of them. I am a visual person and need to write things down in order to make sense of them. If Russ and I could see all of the different things we are committed to in our schedules, maybe we could begin to make sense of how we are using our time, energy, and resources.
Shortly after Russ got home from Kenya, we got away for a night to our friends’ lake house. I love that place, and I love that we have such kind and generous friends who bless us by sharing it. We packed a stack of index cards, and Saturday morning we began writing. We didn’t over think it, we just wrote down everything we could think of. Some cards held very large tasks, like Russ’ work at the university, and others held smaller, simple things like summer baseball for the boys.
With the cards filled out, we laid them all on the table and looked at them. We began moving the cards – “Yes” on the left side of the counter, and “No” on the right. As you can see, it was much harder to move things to the right. This was a long process of discussion which took hours and required several breaks along the way. Prayer and grace toward one another were essential.
The process was not free of emotion or challenge. It’s hard to let go of things that are dear to us or seem important. We tried to lay it all on the table: homeschooling, having a vegetable garden, consulting work, blogging. There were a few big topics we tiptoed around because we knew they were going to be tough…those cards are still in the “Maybe” pile and need to be revisited before long.
Laying our lives on the table gave us clarity on how we are spending the hours we are given. We still have many decisions to make, but we’ve started on a path that I hope will lead to a healthier life for our family. One of the cards that I need to seriously evaluate is my blog and I may be asking for feedback from all of you on what you most want to see here. I need to use my time and energy well.
If you absolutely had to make your life less stressful, what is one thing you would give up? What would you add?
I would love to hear from you.
It’s beautiful and sunny here, a good day for decluttering and prepping for company arriving for graduation this weekend. We have a wedding in just over a month to prepare for as well. Lots to do – and yes, we had cards for both of these events.
Have a great Monday, friends.
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