My husband really struggles with perspective. When things are crazy at work, he is like a charging bull-
he puts his head down and charges through until the task is complete-
It is actually a quality that I admire and truly believe it is one of his greatest strengths- charging bulls do NOT get distracted by their environment. They see that bright red tease of the conquistador and that is ALL that they can see!
It is also one of his biggest weaknesses. This incredible focus and determination also prevents him from seeing a beautiful sunset or a fleeting rainbow,
dancing in the rain,
|A sudden & massive downpour- gone in 5 minutes!|
or sensing the needs of a struggling child!
|Smiling but having a REALLY hard day :'(|
Because of a recent life changing event in his life, he has the blessing and opportunity to re-invent himself a little. He has been more responsive than he has ever been before to my way of thinking (we definitely have a yin/yang relationship) and we have spent a lot of time talking about growth, perspective and priorities! On Thursday, we had the opportunity to talk about ways to set his priorities in order. Taking from Steven R. Covey’s teachings and principles of balance, I suggested that hubby dear write his number one priorities. Those priorities will go FIRST into his calendar and ‘to do’ lists! After they have been accounted for, he can add in other tasks and chores!
As a result of our little chat, I felt the need to take a quick check into my own life balance as well. Though I study this topic thoroughly, counsel and advise others frequently, and practice all the techniques I know for physical and mental balance; it is important to check in with yourself once in awhile. It is far too easy to get distracted and have balance disturbed.
As I pondered my own life balance and priorities this past week, I noticed one thing that created within me a wake up call to awareness of my own goals and dreams. I have this dream, it’s been with me for as long as I can remember- but I’ve always just kept it on the back burner as a “one day” type of dream! As I studied and had to report frequently on Time Management for a class I was taking last semester, I realized that not only is a ‘dream unwritten merely a wish’, but I also realized that by burying this dream in the context of secret life’s desires, I had inadvertently tucked it a way, committing to myself that it would never manifest in my reality!!!
OOOOOOOHHHHHH! I did not like this idea at all, but I KNEW it was true! In order for anything to come into reality, it must be lived, talked about and acted upon as if it IS a reality! The problem that arises is that because dreams are often so ambiguous, it is hard to commit to them when the bills need to be paid, a child forgets their homework, or you see a spec of dirt on the floor (I’m an OCD housewife, by the way).
So acting on the advice I gave him, I sat down to pinpoint my priorities. I made a list of things that are MOST important to me. These things almost ALWAYS fall to the bottom of my lists (or worse yet, to ‘tomorrows’ list, which is where tasks go to die in my world)! When one of these things does make it into my day, there is a good chance that I DO NOT enjoy it as much as I should because of guilt for what I am NOT doing or fear that I will neglect something more important and let someone down!
*** Just a quick word of advice- if you hear in your mind or feel in your heart words like “fear”, “shame”, “guilt”, or “regret” KNOW that these words do NOT exist in the current moment!! These are words that indicate you are living in the past or the future- both of which don’t really exist- so do NOT let these feelings stick around. (more on this topic another day)
Because I think holistically- body, mind, and spirit- my list is separated this way as well. But here it is:
|Eat, Sleep, Teach, Repeat|
Please notice that clean floors, perfectly kept bedrooms and sparkling windows are NOT on these lists. Though a clean and orderly house is very important to me (did I say I suffer from OCD housewife syndrome?), it is NOT what is going to get me into Heaven nor is it the legacy I want to leave behind. I DO have to fit it in- I can’t deny that-
…I have to make room for the true desires of my heart first. This perspective is what fuels dreams, harnesses power and drives personal success. I may not get to these items EVERY day- but if I have gone weeks without these priorities, there is a good chance I’m living a life off balance and off my chosen journey!
What would be your top 3 priorities and what can you do to make sure these priorities are making it into your daily life?
Go out and live the life you dream, the life you cherish, the YOU you were meant to be!