Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Not Enough Time = Not a Priority

Good morning!

I hope you had a great start to your week.  

Mine was absolutely wonderful as Ina and I spent as much time outside as possible.

Cleaning out my car (while she tried to run down the street),

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swinging and singing,

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and many, many trips down the slide.  

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Pretend like there is a good transition here.  

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Lately, I have been making a conscious effort to not glorify business.

What I really want to stop saying is, “I don’t have time for that.”  When in reality, I have the same 24 hours a day that everyone else does.  So, instead, I need to be honest and say, “That isn’t a priority in my life right now."

For example, the other day I was explaining the concept of StitchFix to a friend and told her that I didn’t have time to shop, so it was awesome to have clothes delivered to my house.  

But actually, of course I have time to shop.  I have time to run.  I have time to write this blog.  I have time to watch Ina go down the slide 100 times and sing Old McDonald until my voice is gone and I can’t think of one more stinking animal to put on his farm.  

So, what I am really saying is that shopping isn’t a priority in my life right now.

Another example is so many times I talk to patients who fight exercising kicking and screaming, saying they don’t have time for it, when in reality, it just isn’t a priority in their lives.  

The highest priorities in my life right now are God, family, career, health, and friends.  So, I really try to plan my time with each appropriately.  However, sometimes I veer off track and have to reset (like when I spend too much time on FaceBook or watch 4 episodes of Homeland past my bedtime).  

Think about the highest priorities in your life right now.  Does your schedule reflect them?  

One huge change we made in our lives was starting to host a small group with our church.  I used to think that there was no way I would have time to have people over at my house every week.  However, then I realized that small group and fellowship were something my life desperately needed.  So, I made it a priority.  Making time for that opened up so many doors and improved our lives in a way I didn’t think was possible.  Now I would give up many other things before I gave up that group.  

What do you “not have time for” that you should?

I hope you have a wonderful day!

1 comment:

  1. Nice message in your post!! I have realized I need to give "me" a little time. One of the reasons why I signed up for a half marathon, because I knew that would give me the time I wanted (needed) and exercise at the same time!


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