It’s a new year and all I can think about is creating margin in 2013.
In fact, margin is my one little word for this year.
I have talked about my need for margin before.
It is something I constantly struggle with in my life. I’m a person that likes to say yes and fill my calendar with lots of activities.
And while they are all good things – lunches with friends, date nights, concerts, kids’ activities – that doesn’t negate that sometimes they are simply too. much.
Last month I was really excited to go to a Friday night scrapbooking event. It was my first one in three years. I knew it was going to be busy being the Christmas season, but I had to go.
When that week came, we had something going on every night.
And by Thursday I was spent.
Going to another activity was the last thing I wanted to do.
So I didn’t go.
As soon as I decided not to go I felt a wave of peace wash over me.
It was incredible. I wondered, why do I do this to myself?
Why do we as Americans do this to ourselves?
We run ourselves ragged, hardly able to savor life because we are so exhausted.
And so this year, I am challenging myself not to overcommit myself, and prioritize quiet days and nights in our family’s calendar.
There is freedom in saying no.
In doing less.
In taking time to be quieter and more intentional.
Do you struggle with committing to do more than you should? How has this struggle impacted your life?
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