I do not like to quit anything. I correlate quitting with surrender…and I do not surrender. Surrender means giving up and giving up equals losing. I don’t like to lose. It can be ping pong or injustice or a reserved seat at the theater, but I am not about losing. And that is why it is difficult for me to quit this, the Mid Week Motivation. I am just getting starting here and hopefully am encouraging people each week as they (I) hit that Wednesday slump. But even now, I want to try and share some motivation as I share why I am stepping down.
We are all busy. We have schedules that are full and become fuller every time our phone goes off. Work and kids and community and friends all overwhelm the few hours we don’t rest or seek solitude. The same is true of me. From an over full time job to a local publication to a coffee startup to serving on staff with a non-profit, I live by my planner. And as I turn another year older, I am learning that it is shaping my life more than I am shaping it. So now the painful process of prioritizing comes into play. This is a easy and enjoyable thing when you have a To-Do list of items you can’t stand, but that is not the case with me. My hours are filled with amazing experiences and people. I typically end my week with at least one more story to add to my mental memoir. So now I have to whittle away the “less important” things in order to focus on the greater things. John Maxwell states it like this, “Say no to the good so you can say yes to the best.” And that is what I’m doing.
So what does this have to do with you? I can imagine that many of you have the same situation in your life. Every time you look at your schedule, a sinking feeling hits you. Even when it is time with your kids or serving others in need or even enjoying a hobby, it just seems to overtake every waking minute. You want time for solitude, for contemplation, maybe even for unplanned fellowship-opportunities that come up. But how do you decide what to stop? Like me, maybe there’s something you are really enjoying and just started in January. You won’t stop that right? It’s too new, too fresh to end now. You will have to decide what you need. All I know is this, once the pain of letting go and cutting back begins to subside, I am going to be the better for it. May you be too.
“For what it’s worth; it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit.
I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not,
I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
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