Just do it (or not)

Magnolia

Just say no! Sometimes you have to learn that life will go on, even if you cannot possibly accomplish another thing.

Sometimes, I find myself overwhelmed and visiting the chiropractor more than normal, having more headaches and indulging in excessive comfort snacking.  It’s at these times I have to stop, take inventory of my schedule and make some adjustments.

Priorities can be sneaky little things and we have a tendency to get them royally mixed up at times.  In our desires to please others and be as helpful as we can, we cram our schedules (and our brains) to the point of overload.

My priorities need to look something like this for my life to flourish.   God first!  Get up, get in the Word, pray and so begin my day and keep my face like flint toward His will for my day and my life.  If I do this one thing, the rest falls into place automatically, but for the sake of getting in on paper and sharing, I will continue.

My family and their needs come next.  If I can’t keep them well taken care of and be there for them when they need me, then something is out of whack.  If I’m neglecting them, it’s not worth all of the meetings I could be attending, or projects I could be a part of.  Sometimes my daughter needs special attention and I want to be there.  My husband needs time alone with me too, not only when I have nothing better to do, but sometimes he needs to know, I choose him, in spite of other opportunities.

There are times that your life, health and schedule will permit you to go out there and embrace all kinds of projects and opportunities – There are so many worthy charities, clubs, associations and just doing good in general for others.  But, there will be times that for whatever reason, you need to realign things.

When you decide to slow down and make some changes, be ready for the naysayers and the people who will make you feel bad because you can’t be everywhere you want to be and get everything done that you would like.  Only you know what’s best for you, your health and your family.  Until people live behind your walls and walk in your shoes, they have no right to evaluate your choices.

So, do all you can do and be all you can be!  Wear yourself out for others; that’s the best kind of “tired”, but keep those priorities straight and know when to say no!

Comments

  1. terrilewis6 says:

    Thanks Lisa!!!! Love everything you write!!!!

  2. Wonderful post and so very true!

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