I just have one question: how many "things" are on the calendar (paper or in your head) for this week? Go look. I'll wait! Suprised? I was. Let's take an honest look at our calendars, Ladies, and take an inventory of our goals for our children, our family, our homes, and ourselves,
Let's learn to plan for peace instead of chaos, rest instead of weariness, strength instead of weakness, a sound mind instead of that of a scattered brain. This cannot be achieved through a miracle supplement. This is about making an effort to plan down time. Step 1 in planning for peace: Clearing the calendar.
As homeschool moms, wives, sisters, daughters, aunts, volunteers, etc, we can become stretched pretty thin (and not the thin we'd like). You know where this post is going, don't you? Well, maybe not. I'm not going to discuss being more efficient, multi-tasking, being a better organizer, or any of the related topics. I've been chewing on some thoughts lately and I'd like us to ask ourselves what of the "things" we fill our calendars with are really, truly important, necessary, etc?
For a season, let's try to purposely clear our calendars and BE STILL more often. Let's re-allot our time (which is the same amount each day) and use it to better benefit our inner needs of peace. I'm thinking, let's plan for peace.
Planning for peace is actually going to take some planning. It cannot just occur, but it starts by freeing time during the week to have evenings (maybe days) together, quiet evenings or afternoons, slow and steady. Less going and more staying. Less devices and more talking and looking at eachother. That sounds silly, but our minds need time for relection and recharging.
Sometimes we think if we're providing our children with all the activities, clubs, groups, latest stuff, an overall ideal of what we believe they need to have a happy, productive, educated childhood, that we're doing something good for them. What if it's cultivating just the opposite?
I want my children to be involved in things and have different learning experiences, but their bodies (and ours) need less of being involved and more of being on a routine that allows down time, especially little ones.
What benefit does a 3 year old have with being hauled from activity to activity that their siblings participate in? How is that good for her? Let's re-evaluate.
In order to plan for peace this season, we might look at decluttering our calendar filled with these things:
-multiple weekly trips to the store, bank, different grocery stores, etc.
-volunteered "why did I sign up for this again?" activities
-overscheduled school prep & planning
-classes (even school related groups)
-excessive field trips
We might need to plan ahead to avoid some of these occurances, such as mutiple shopping trips. Less running is more still time.
I'm just re-evaluating our family's "have to's" this year and deciding what we truly don't "have to". If staying busy makes us anxious, stressed out, and unpleasant, maybe even more uneifficent and unproductive, not to mention reliant on caffiene to keep us going, what would thoughtful time, reflective time, together time, quiet and still time do for us?
Just some thoughts. Maybe you'd like to take a closer look at your calendar, too and clear it, for a season. Why not embark on a season of rest? Your family will eventually thank you for it. You may go through a "must be busy every hour, every day, eating out on the run" withdrawl, but look what you'll gain!
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