A year ago, I planned to write. Two years ago, I planned to draw. Three years ago I planned to do obedience training with my dog. I did … for a bit of time. I was not able, however, to sustain the additions to my life. I had reached the carrying capacity of my day.
The problem: Being fond of everything in my life. I even really like my job! But I cannot add a new interest, hobby or habit without letting something else go. I learned that …
if you want to read more novels … stop watching tv
if you want to improve your friendships … stop logging into social media
if you want to spend more time with your family … stop working at your job
if you want more financial resources … stop spending money
if you want to paint the house … stop sitting on the couch
if you want to lose weight … stop eating
Nobody gets more than 24 hours. Resources remain limited. After much reflection last Fall, I recommitted myself to pursuing my writing. Words poured into my journal. Every situation brought new insights. Opportunities to write increased at work and home. I felt that I had words to share. I created a new blog.
To move forward, though, I needed to stop something.
I made several changes … fewer movies, novels at bedtime only, and work during work hours (mostly, but I’m still working on this actually). I continue to love a good story — on the screen or on the page — and I still love my job at the church. But less is actually more.
I found that if I wanted to move forward, I needed to stop.
I got busy living … making intentional choices with my time.
What do you want to move forward? To do so, what do you need to stop?
“It comes down to a simple choice: get busy living or get busy dying.”
(Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption)