If we only get today, what do we do with it?

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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A little late to the party

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in Jan 2008. I just found out I was pregnant (surprise!) and my thyroid levels were a bit off. So further trips to the endocrinologist confirmed Hashimoto’s. At the time, the impression I got from the doctor was “it’s common at your age. Many people get it. Just take a pill and all will be well.” Naive me said “ok.” At one of my next appointments  I inquired about “what foods to avoid/eat” Continue reading “A little late to the party”

Things that make you go “hmmmmmm”

I woke up early in the morning feeling a bit rested but since a) it was dark and b) I figured it must be middle of the night I just got up to go to the bathroom. So I go back to sleep. Because it’s dark. But I couldn’t  sleep. All the things that I had yet to complete for the month began running around  my head – tag teaming it. I’d think of one. Then Tag- would go to another. I hate tossing and turning and not being able to sleep 🙁

Phil 4:19 popped into my head. “My God shall supply all my needs according to His glorious riches in Christ.” Ah yes thank you Lord for the reminder. And the peace that comes from that. Basically he reminded me that I just need to make my list of things to do and tackle the list in chunks. That made me feel better. But still not sleepy. So after some prayer time, Continue reading “Things that make you go “hmmmmmm””

Books… I love them!

I renewed my library card this week. Excitement alert!!

I renewed the card, registered to vote (don’t judge), paid my fine (or you can’t renew:) and checked out a few more books. I love books. I asked the librarian if she had read any Dorothy Frank Denton books and she said she had heard of her… But hadn’t had time to read that author.

I turned around to survey the library and said “yep. There sure are a lot of books and not a lot of time.” Then I had a mini panic attack. sooo many books… Sooo little time! I started thinking about all the books and all the authors and it was overwhelming and yet “challenge accepting” at the same time. (Read : “challenge accepted” says Barney – HIMYM- How I Met Your Mother).

I was then thinking of how awesome it would be if my job was to read books. Just sit and read. Wait… isn’t that called an editor? or a Publicist? And if I was one of those, I would probably have to read all kids of books… hmmmm… Note to self: add to my list of “what I want to be for a day.”

I like it!