Two things I wanted to share with you today. First, my husband and I watched “Mom’s Night Out” last night (I got to choose because it is Mother’s Day weekend. He got to take a little nap during the movie). I loved it! Mostly because Sean Astin is in it. But also because of an analogy, he gave for mom’s taking time for themselves. Think flight attendant speech before take off and the instructions for when the oxygen mask comes down – put it on yourself first and then your child. In order to be of help to anyone, you have to make sure you are up for it. If you aren’t breathing, what help can you possibly be to someone else?!!
That thought let do this:
Do you ever get stuck thinking about all the things you want to do and the fact that there is only one day to do it? Yes. Only one day. You are not guaranteed tomorrow. Only this minute. You aren’t even guaranteed the next hour. (Work with me here.)
Consider this: if you have been around scripture for a minute, you know that each day is enough to worry about on its own (Matthew 6:34).
So what does this mean to me? Well, if you know me, you know I love planning. LOVE it. Understatement. So is this verse saying not to plan for tomorrow? Not exactly. It says not to worry. There are plenty of other verses about planning (ex: https://dailyverses.net/planning). What I am talking about is not worrying and how that relates to us today.
Still with me? Ok. What would you do differently if you knew you only had today? I’m not trying to be Debbie Downer or morbid. Just posing a question. Would you work harder? Spend more time with your kids? Read more? Exercise?
I was thinking about today being Mother’s Day and kind of an “off day” from Motherhood if you will. Because let’s face it. Today is the day when Mom’s are taken out to eat or a meal prepared for. They are encouraged to relax. Because the rest of the 364 days, they will be “On.” Ok, birthdays are taken off too. But you get the idea.
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the things I want to do and the fact that there are only 24 hours in the day. Simple math, right? I mean, if I only have today, then the things I want to do divided by the time I actually have left after sleeping, eating, cooking, working = head exploding. I worry that I won’t get it all done!
That is where the ONE thing principle comes in (or whatever time management principle you use.) For me, this idea of “what is the ONE THING that I need to do right now that helps me move the next domino in my task list or helps makes another thing obsolete” helps bring sanity to my chaos. Whether it is about productivity or relaxation, the same rules apply. When I get overwhelmed by what to do next, I just ask myself what will make the biggest difference for me. For today, and relaxing, it is picking one or two things of fun and then planning the rest of them out for this upcoming week. Something to look forward to if I get the time.
So, I’m going to act like I have time for things. Even if I am not guaranteed time. I am going to prioritize putting my oxygen mask on first. And then what can I do for others.
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