Just When You Thought It Was Safe

From August through October, I was on the go a lot. Finally arriving in November, things seemed as if they would slow down. Just a teensy bit. Yeah, right.

I guess the on the go a lot thing settled down, but now I have projects galore. Wedding photos to finish editing, a couple of sewing projects, a newsletter to put together, company coming in a week, pictures to take, a web site to work on, Christmas cards and shopping, and always there's homeschool and a household to care for. Goodness. It's always something, isn't it?


When we think at a certain point, life will . . . settle down, be easier, be under control, (fill in the blank) . . . we just set ourselves up for failure. Not only that, we can start to live for some future time, because we believe it will somehow be better than it is now. Whatever better may mean.

I don't think there's anything wrong in looking toward an end date for something and planning to accomplish the thing in a timely manner. But we have to learn how to live here and now in this moment, not always looking forward to some nebulous time that will never be what we expect anyway.

Because really? Life will always be busy. There will always be projects and tasks and interruptions and people and such. Just plan on it and squeeze all the enjoyment out of it you can. Because that's reality. That's where we all live. We can either make the most of that time and whatever it may bring, or we can miss so much as it flies past while we're looking to something next week, next month, or next year.

And if you happen upon a serendipitous moment of calm, appreciate it for what it is, breathe it in deeply, and be refreshed for the return to real life.

This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


Abigail said...

Dianne, I really appreciate your thoughts here. Sometimes, it can be very difficult to not live for some future time. Yet, there are also some legitimate "on hold" times in our lives...like when we lived for 5 1/2 years in a tiny RV. There are also legitimate limits on what I can do...like when I am dealing with having trauma brain.

I work very hard on trying to do the minimum instead of the maximum. It is not a matter of being lazy, but a matter of working with what I have been given in this life. I am leaving myself some wiggle room so that I have time and energy to enjoy the unexpected blessings that come along. It also helps to keep me from constantly being overwhelmed.

The dB family said...

Thank you for this post. My brain has been going a mile a minute this week and it's only Tuesday.

I'll try to live more in the moment.


Rachael said...

It took me a long time to realize that waiting for a time that was "not so busy" would mean never getting anything done. Life just goes along and it's always a little chaotic with two young kids. Great post.

Blue Cotton Memory said...

Even when I plan "buffer time" into the schedule, it gets eaten up and there's no "down town." It seems like life has sped up suddenly - and you are so right - you can't wait to do what's on your heart. Love it! Love it! Love it!

BTW - totally intrigued about the website!

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