Sunday, August 09, 2009

Living in the moment

I am a global thinker. I tend to think of things all at once...all the things needing to be done, the hugeness of a task...and I easily overwhelm myself. And when that happens I tend to do one of two things: I either go into hyper-overdrive and try to get it all done at once, or I shut down and don't do anything. While the first can be quite productive, it can also cause me to burn out and neglect other priorities (come on, fam, let's spend an entire Saturday cleaning the house!) Uggh!

God has been showing me lately (again) that I need to live in the moment. I don't know why that is so hard for me to do sometimes...most of the time actually. Whenever I sit down to relax, or to blog, or when I get the urge to scrapbook or whatever, I usually feel guilty because there is always housework or something else I "should" be doing. And I tell myself that when I get caught up, then I can do things for myself. Do you ever do that?

Hmmm.

Well, I don't know what was different about tonight, but I realized that if I wait until all the laundry is done, the house is spotless, and everything else is "caught up", I will never do anything fun! Such has been the case with our wedding scrapbook...I've had the pictures, the book, the papers and embelishments for a year now...a YEAR! And it's still sitting in my closet because I never have the time, or make the time to do it. How dumb is that???

So tonight I side-stepped the baskets of clean laundry on my living room floor, walked past my dusty dresser, and got my scrappin' stuff out and got started! Actually I didn't start on the wedding book, I started on another smaller project ~ a perpetual calendar, where you keep track of everyone's birthdays and anniversaries ~ it was fun! The wedding book will be next :)

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous8/10/2009

    Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans...
    Thank you for the reminder, we are going to play our hearts out today!!
    -Kari

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  2. Good for you! I tend to be the same way - crazy whirlwind or shut down, never seems to be a happy in-between.

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  3. Anonymous8/10/2009

    Girlfriend, Good for you! you have a household of able bodied people and that means you too Bill! everyone pick a chore and become a master at it! word from o short one in iowa! :) really though everyone could work for their supper no one is exempt..and if they get the mind set Mom and Dad are the bosses you and Vince will be much healthier for it..and the whole family will be happier!you and Vince are put in charge of building strong bodies and minds and hearts of all your children!But put your own spin on it! i will pray for you ...as if i don't already but maybe a bit more..now!! love to you! hope I didn't speak out of line! my words held nothing but love and respect for you and Vince first and then the children. debbie

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  4. Thanks Debbie ~ I always appreciate your encouragement and wisdom :) We are trying to hold the kid accountable to participate in chores and pick up after themselves, but sometimes I feel like such a nag!! Ugh. I want to be the FUN mom! I know I can be that too, and teaching them to do their share is important. Love ya!

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