I've heard it said that if we are "too busy", then the real issue is a matter priority, not time.
As an aspiring writer, I strive to write, read, edit, work on submissions, and learn more about the publishing industry every day.
As a farmer, I've weeds to pull, plants to water, roadsides to burn, thistles to spray, and customers to help every day.
As a mother of 5 (ages 11-2), I've diapers to change, homework to correct, scrapes to clean...all the many duties that children bring into our lives...every day.
The house... The husband... The school...
I'm a writer, a maid, a farmer, a wife, a mother, a PTO volunteer, a cook, a taxi...
Are you tired yet? I am.
This past week I noticed my kids were getting a little out of sorts with each other, and yesterday I realized that I was the reason behind it. I’ve had such a heavy workload the last few weeks that I had put my many duties higher on the priority list than my kids. I was still with them of course, but I was focused on all the work we were doing, not on the kids themselves.
So, today I did my darndest to finish all jobs I had to do while they were at school so that when they came home, I could give them my full attention. Farming, housework, and even writing took a backseat to the most important people in my world, and my world is brighter because of it.
We made brownies, we sang, we laughed, we chased each other around just for fun. And the result? My kids are refreshed. I feel more connected and grounded. And the crazy part is, I feel more energized to do all the dull jobs that I put on the bottom of the priority list.
I think the lesson is that I was trying to pull water from an empty well. It's not enough to exist, work, and care for the physical needs of my children; I need to nurture the joy in their lives. Why? Because when I bring joy and laughter into their lives, it feeds my soul.
This is a lesson I have to learn—and relearn—whenever the balance in my life gets out of whack.
What about you? What feeds your soul? Is there something important that you have to remind yourself to make time for?