It’s funny that I’m starting an encouragement blog on a day when I’m feeling a wee bit discouraged. My Christmas tree is up and I have a handle on the gift shopping but my mind won’t slow down enough to appreciate that this is a good start. The week has been busy with my family, the quilting business, and a magazine deadline and yet, all I can think of is how much I want to use this blog to encourage, inspire, and connect with others..but it’s a struggle today. This is the start of not only a beautiful and holy time but a time of not feeling like we are enough.
As I sat in the dance school parking lot on pick up duty for my daughter, I thought of all the things I did accomplish today but that quickly gave way to thoughts of no less than 20 other items that did not get checked off the list. I won’t bore you with my list because it probably looks an awful lot like yours. So how do we move forward through a time of year when we desperately want to remain present but instead are filled with a sense of disappointment in ourselves and maybe even those around us? I think it comes down to daily bread.
What is she talking about you might say? I’m talking about our daily allotment. We all have lots of stuff to do in a 24 hour time frame but let’s face it, it’s not all getting done. As we are taught to pray for our daily bread and not more than that, we can also work to cross off the items on the to do list that are completely necessary and not worry about more than those items today. Let’s challenge ourselves to use a time blocking system this week where we use the first few hours of each day (or whatever hours are your most productive) and block it off to accomplish the tasks that absolutely must get done. During this block of time focus only on those items. This might mean skipping a favorite TV show, turning off social media, and returning calls at a more convenient time. Getting a few tasks accomplished each day allows us to rest assured that we have done enough. We are enough. And enough is enough.
Which items on your list will you time block tomorrow?