We’re on week 4 of Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry.
Good gravy did this chapter give me a wuppin. In a nice way. But still.
Here’s how it starts:
“Does it ever feel like you spend all your hours and days doing but not living?”
Hmmmm. No… (shuffles nervously and glares at the lawyer who is starting to comment. As always). No! I never feel this way! I am completely fulfilled in every way. All the time. I am also so busy that at times my daily calendar flops over from too many entries and waves its tired feet in the air in surrender. But… still I’m doing GREAT! Thanks! Um. How are YOU?
Here’s the tips from this chapter:
* Read your top ten list (of your most important priorities) on a regular basis.
* Minimize time spent with negative people.
* Don’t forget to pray.
* Make a list of things you and your family like to do that costs little or no money, and do as many of these you can a week.
Lately I have been playing a fun little game called: Mom Guilt Monopoly. I ROCK at this game. All the hotels are mine, and I do believe I own Marvin Gardens AND the Waterworks. And that other really expensive one that’s purple. I also am the proud owner of:
I Can’t Contribute Place
Really, I’m A Failure Avenue
What If We End Up Living in a Van Down By the River Railroad
You get the idea.
Week Four in Organize Now gently suggested that I really REALLY think about what I want to accomplish in my life, list it out, and then compare that list with what I am going NOW. Gulp. Like comparing apples to oranges. Or, more accurately, like comparing really BIG apples with a lot of stress, insecurity, and anger issues that constantly smush the oranges and punt them to the curb.
I leave you with a quote Jennifer Ford Berry included in this chapter by James Truslow Adams:
“Perhaps it would be a good idea, fantastic as it sounds, to muffle every telephone, stop every motor and halt activity an hour someday to give people a change to ponder for a few minutes on what it is all about, why they are living, and what they really want.”
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Luke 10:27
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4″
Now I just have to have the courage. Good thing I have God , otherwise I’d still just be OK with mushy oranges.
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