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Finding Focus and Balance Through Reflection

My life is out of fous.  There are too many loose ends leftover from the Christmas Holiday.  There are too many new projects vying for the front burner.  All of which deserve and need my attention.  Some are more urgent than others…but each one carries its own weight of importance.


The other aspect of my life that is out of focus but has the ability to bring clarity to the lens I view the new year with is the time I spend taking stock of this past years accomplishments and short comings.  The accomplishments are the jumping off point for an exciting new year.  The short comings will channel my goals.

I know I am looking for balance in the coming year…balance between my spiritual life, husband, home, work, health, hobbies and relaxation.

Sometimes you have to say no to a really good thing in order to say yes to a really great thing.  Where do I draw the line?  What gets the yes?  What gets the no? Do I continue to blog 6 days a week? Should I submit that article to the paper? How often should I go to the antique center to fluff my space?  What about exercise…Where am I going to fit that into my already over crowded schedule? How can I balance all of my online time…with my need for real people interaction?  What about that special quite time to get my day started off on the right track? What about Hubby time?  What about house cleaning and gardening?  The dogs need to go to the vet for their shots?  The list continues but I think you get the picture…I only have one day off a week and I am having a little trouble working out the balancing act in order to get it all done. 

Just this week alone I have read at least three blog postings that have inspired me to think about this coming year with a different focus. 

JannaT wrote in her Sunday blog about digging deeper into her spiritual life.

“My Sunday posts are the most challenging ones for me to write because I’ve committed to “dig deep” and ask myself questions like: What made me feel ‘full’ this week? Why might I feel ‘empty’? In what ways have I stumbled? How could I feel closer to God next week?”

My Pajama Days is adopting a theme for the year to help her stay focused on her really big goals for 2012!!“

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” – Kahlil Gibran”

Miss Mustard Seed has landed on a single word to inspire her in 2012…Celebrate!!!  Miss Mustard Seed has so much to be thankful for and to celebrate. 

Sometimes we get so busy doing life that we forget to slow down and enjoy the life we have worked tirelessly to create for our family and  ourselves.

So…I am thinking I will spend time each week reflecting on the deeper meaning of life…did I say no to good things so that I could say yes to great things?  I will start each day with prayer and thankfulness reading God’s Word. I will say no more often to the computer calling my name so I can spend more face to face time with my BFF, my beloved Husband.

I have chosen my theme for the year; Faithfulness, Family,  Fuel and Fitness.    I will focus on taking care of me by feeding my body good nutritious natural foods and exercising to build a stronger healthier me. 

My word for the year is Balance.  The rest is just the proverbial icing on the cake…

How do you maintain balance?


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un-plugged…but still connected

Have I mentioned that I work for a non-profit?  Actually I work for a church.  I organize and encourage volunteers to serve in different areas of ministry. 

 A few years back I read a book that helped me  discover the things that give me the greatest joy and now I get to use those gifts to earn a living.  I think I am one of the lucky people!

I love my job!  There are only a few days out of the month that actually feel like work.  The rest of the time it’s the most fun I have ever had while getting paid. 

Even when you love what you do there are days that make you shake your head and reach for the ibuprofen. Like today!  My computer was infected with one of those disgusting virus’.  The one that is going around making everyone’s computer sick. It turned out to be one of those scareware virus’  but just the same it was very annoying and inconvenient. 

It’s just like when I get sick after washing my hands and using hand sanitizer and avoiding all the sick people in the office.   Even after all of the precautions, I still get sick.   I don’t really know how I got it.  But I did! 

I didn’t open any of the junk email that fills my inbox.  I didn’t open  any of the forwarded emails or emails from people I don’t know.  I wasn’t doing anything I wasn’t suppose to be doing.    I was just doing what I normally do, surfing the internet looking for books for the bookstore I oversee and searching for clever suggestions for an invitation I was working on at the time.  Then it happened!  Then it was too late!  So I did the only thing I knew to do.  I called our IT department.  Well, I called our IT guy.

Me:  Hi.   My computer has a virus!
IT Guy:  What were you doing?
Me:  Nothing…surfing the internet.
IT Guy:  For what?
Me:  Invitations.
IT Guy:  Really, what sight were you on?
Me:  I don’t know, just some invitation site. 
IT Guy:  It doesn’t sound good.  Un-plug it.
Me:  Un Plug It?  Really?!
IT Guy:  Yes.  Un-Plug it!
Me:  You want me to un-plug my computer? 
IT Guy: Yep

So… I un-plugged it!

The thought of un-plugging began to rattle around in my brain.   I began to think about doing just that.  Un-plugging!  Calling it a day!  Heading home!  Going on vacation!  Disappearing for a while! 

What would that be like?  To just un-plug from life when things start to go south. 

It didn’t take long to decide that this was not an option. I realized this would only be a temporary fix.  Nothing would be settled.  Nothing would be fixed,  Everything would be on hold.  The inevitable would only be postponed.  Life would be in a holding pattern, the little blue light blinking,  waiting to start back up.

So I decided…to take a walk.  Be quiet.  Listen.  Collect my thoughts.  And yes Un-Plug…then I picked up a pen and a notepad and went back to work.  No stinkin’ computer virus is going to shut me down…I may be un-plugged but I am still connected!

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