This week has been full of lessons to be learned. Most weeks are, but we don’t always take the time to stop and learn those lessons.
This week I learned how important it is for me to STOP and learn the lessons. I was telling a friend that I disliked being so busy that I didn’t have time to visit a friend or help someone out on the spur of the moment, but while that is true, after sitting and taking the time to think about my week, the real problem wasn’t the busyness but rather my lack of planning. I have to plan for some down time to sit and think about my day or week. What occurred, what I heard, my reactions, and what I could or should have done differently. When I hear a sermon or read a book, I need to take some time to process it in my mind so that the lessons can sink in. There have been times that I heard a sermon and thought one particular part was the most important part but after thinking on it I came out with that plus some other valuable part that was a lesson or redirection that I really needed at that time.
Last summer I would spend a lot of time at the park contemplating my days, praying, reading the bible, and thinking about what I read as well as what I was learning in other ways. Even though my circumstances weren’t perfect, I was pretty happy. I am very happy where I am now and grateful for my changed circumstances but I do miss the down time that my body, mind and spirit need to rejuvenate and move forward.
I don’t remember who said “We make time for what we think is important” but it is really true. I have learned this last week that the time for quiet contemplation isn’t going to just happen, I have to make it happen. I have to schedule time to read, time to think about my day, what I read and hear. I also need to schedule a buffer zone in my days that I use for spontaneously dropping by a friend’s or calling someone and checking in to make sure they don’t need something. Even giving someone a helping hand.
What lessons have you learned this week? What might you need to start scheduling into your day?
Here are some blogs that I read this week that I have found encouraging. Give them a look.
To all the fathers out there, I hope you had a wonderful Fathers Day. Remember that you have a great impact on each of your children’s lives. Take the time to get to know them and leave a good footprint.