Plow through. Get it done. Plunge ahead. . . All thoughts and attitudes that can easily steer us as we move through our busy days. But, what I have been thinking about lately, what I have been asking myself is: Are there costs to this sort of approach? Do things or people get sacrificed with such a bullish attitude? And in short, my answer is yes.
It is easy, a little too easy, for me to get in the mode of
If I can just get THIS done, then . . .
. . . then I will get on the floor and play a game with the kids, then I will do that thoughtful thing for a friend, then I will invite that person over, then I will _____ . . . then, then, then!
Being a work-at-home mom can make this especially difficult if I don’t put limits on work time or watch the lengths of my daily to-do-list. I am achievement-oriented and it is easy for me to neglect people for tasks.
But with the intention of being more purposeful and making the most of little moments, I have written a list of what I want to focus on for the remaining of the year. Care to join me?
I am choosing:
People over Tasks
True Moments of Connection over Superficial Encounters
Peace-Filled Days over Rushing Around Craziness
Laughter over Stress
Family Fun over Micromanaging my Kids
Mess-Making Memories over Unrealistic Clean-House Expectations
Relationship Building & Bonding over Consuming Distractions
Diligent Plodding over Procrastination
Creativity over Mind-Dulling Activities
Thoughtful Demonstrations of Love & Service over Self-Focus
Patience in Parenting over Frustration
Eyes to See the Spiritual & Eternal over the Earthly & Temporary
Seeking God Above All over Chasing Useless Idols
Purpose Filled Moments over Meaninglessness Busyness
Which choice is something you need to work on?