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Breathing Room

Schedule, organize, and life is supposed to settle into some kind of a routine…right?!  If you’re like me, life upsets our schedule and routine pretty much every single day….you’re constantly being asked to do things for school, for church, for friends, for family.  All of those things are good causes and are often even things that I enjoy, but my schedule can quickly become a tyrant that sucks the life right out of me.

As American women, we are so busy trying to be the best at every single thing we touch, we have forgotten how to say no and have forgotten how to enjoy life.  We are afraid if we say no, people will either think we are selfish or think that we are incapable and so we set out to prove them wrong.

Sweet friends, success is not measured by how many things are on your calendar or by how much you do…it is measured by how happy you are while doing it.    If you find yourself, no longer enjoying the things on your schedule or panicking when something unexpected throws a wrench in your plans for the day, it’s time to remove some things and allow some breathing room.  Dust off that front porch swing and watch the world go by for a few minutes…pause to reflect and think about what’s really important to you.  When your few minutes is up, it’s time to cross some things off your schedule that don’t need to be there.  Take a deep breath and feel your load get a wee bit lighter…and yeah, I bet you’re gonna smile!  

Hope your day is blessed with your radiant smile!

Laurie  

PS I’m no expert at anything, but this idea of margin in my life is something I’m personally working on…hope you found value in my little soap box…   For more info on the book I just read on this topic, click here: https://www.lifeway.com/en/product-family/breathe