A time for everything: the key is in the knowing when

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I can obsess over life’s minutiae with the best of them. Pounce on an idea or thought, roll it around, pound it out, stretch it and kneed it, worry it and ruminate on it—until I become paralyzed—hashing and rehashing, attempting to establish if or when I took a wrong turn, misjudged or misunderstood. Oftentimes, I seek freedom from my thoughts through journaling, a safe place where I scrawl my uncensored soul across the pages of my college-ruled notebook. Mostly, though, I pray. Absolved of conventions about where or when or how, I unearth solace on the mountain trails. Just me and God and nature’s playground. It’s here where I often find the answers—and healing—I seek. I’ve mentioned it before, how there’s a time for everything according to the Good Book: A time to keep and a time to throw away… a time to be silent and a time to speak. The key is in the knowing when.

Do you struggle with the knowing when?

Make it work: just do it

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In my post, “How to discern the answer you’re looking for,” I talk about a trek into the desert that brings clarity to a dilemma and, although not a make-or-break-me situation, it’s a debate I engage in with myself on the daily (isn’t that a fun, hip phrase?). To write, or not to write—that is and has been the question for decades. However, during said hike, I discover, with certainty, that the desires knit into my heart prior to conception are not without a purpose (although TBD). So why don’t I jump for joy and shout with exultation?! Because life. And its plethora of more pressing goals and commitments; the battle between self-care and self-indulgence; the act of self-sacrifice to put others’ needs ahead of our own. But wait! To make it work does not mean all or nothing, nor does it require a choice of one dream at the expense of others. To make it work means: just do it.

How do you make it work?

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A race against time

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Sometimes I feel like our lives are an endless race.  For me, the alarm clock rings and I’m up and running (okay, walking slowly), “racing” to post my blog, get to the gym by 5:45, open the office at 8:00, and then tackle everything on my work task list before 4:00 rolls around and it’s time to race home to start dinner, eat at 6:00 and sit down by 8:00 to write for the evening before starting all over in the morning.  Whew!  Throw in my recent doctor’s appointments and social engagements, errands and a rare TV show and there’s always something.  And over the next few weeks, I feel like I’m racing against time to receive answers pertaining to my health before I travel.  Only now, I’m at the mercy of medical technicians and physicians, hospitals and labs.  It’s at times like these that we need to take a deep breath and know we’re doing all we can.  Watch out, though, because once I feel better, I’ll be doing an all-out sprint to the finish line.  Or maybe I’ll just drop back and enjoy the scenery.

Do you feel like you’re always racing against time?