Yesterday I spent the day on the couch. I am not sure if I was sick or just completely run down. Either way, with a bit of a push to do so from my husband, I spent the day resting while my family spent the day with my in-laws.
As I laid there yesterday I realized I was spread too thin this week. It was my kid's first week of school. If getting back into a routine wasn't enough, I layered it with a couple of speaking engagements. Needless to say, I did too much, was overwhelmed with emotions and commitments and know I need to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
I needed yesterday to slow down and gain perspective. I know what I need to do to move through this fall with peace and perspective. Yet knowing and doing are two different things.
My life was transformed not when I knew what I needed to do, but when I put into practice what I knew what I needed to do.
Today I am sitting here writing, reminding myself what I need to DO for myself, and those around me, to ensure we are walking the path of peace.
Here is the plan I am making during this peace time:
1. Put fuel in my tank
- I know waking up early, doing my readings, gratitude journal, meditation and prayers followed by a good workout and nourishing foods gets me fueled for the day.
I WILL DO THESE THINGS CONSISTENTLY.
- What will you DO to fuel your tank each day?
2. Less is more
- I know that having too much on the calendar, for myself or my children, will deplete us in mind, body and Spirit.
I WILL KEEP SPACE IN OUR SCHEDULE SO WE CAN STAY IN BALANCE BETWEEN THE DOING AND SIMPLY BEING.
- Where will you create space in your schedule to balance the doing with simply being?
- Recently I had two situations where a truth was reflected to me.
- I was away with friends and they reflected that I needed to slow down. I was taken back to hear this truth but know they were speaking from a place of love. Although a tough truth to swallow...
I WILL LISTEN TO MY FRIENDS AND SLOW DOWN.
- The other day I offered for one of my children to take an art class after school. Their response surprised me. They said, "I am in a new school and already playing an instrument. I would prefer to not fill up my schedule and have some down time."
I WILL LISTEN TO MY CHILD WHO IS ASKING FOR DOWN TIME.
- Is a loved one reflecting a truth to you that you need to listen to?
4. Say "No, thank you"
- A friend recently said to me, "there are a lot of good things to do, what is the best thing you can do." I love helping others but know that I am not able to do it all.
I WILL SAY "YES" TO THE BEST THING I CAN DO AND "NO, THANK YOU" TO THE REST. (I trust what I say no to is actually someone else's "best thing" to do.)
- What is your BEST thing to do?
5. Schedule time with loved ones who add extra fuel in your tank
- Date nights, family game night, walks with friends, etc. I know time with loved ones gives extra fuel in my tank.
I WILL SCHEDULE TIME WITH LOVED ONES WHO ADD FUEL TO MY TANK.
- Who adds extra fuel to your tank? Schedule time with them.
I made this list for myself, but am sharing it with you in case you too need to lay a foundation of truth on which to stand on this upcoming season.
I know there will be temptations left and right to stray from this path but taking time during peace time to plan for when the storms roll in now gives me a solid foundation to stand on. It isn't about knowing what I need to do, it is about doing it.
I hope you too will put into practice what you know needs to happen for you, and your family, to have a balanced and peaceful season.