Have you ever thought about what things in your life are truly essential and which should come before those which are not? How can you tell? The bible tells us there is a time for everything, but what must we actively do to make sure that our lives are arranged in such a way that we are doing the right thing at the right time?
As you may be aware the US government shut down their operations on October 1 (except for ‘essential’ services). I was amazed, wondering how could an entire government of a country as big/significant/influential/powerful as the USA just … ‘shut down’???
As the Queen of my Kingdom, what would happen if I deemed certain things as non-essential e.g. washing laundry, cooking meals, cleaning my home, paying bills, going to the supermarket, looking after Nathan and spending quality time with family/friends? On the flip side what if I said that posting articles to my blog, writing poetry and stories or checking my FB page and Twitter account were more essential?
Then there are my gym-workouts, bible reading/devotions and going to church – aren’t they all essential too? What about if I extend this train of thought to look at my job e.g. when my executive thinks something is essential and I do not, how do we move forward? Am I aware of my essential tasks vs. those that I am doing which may not truly matter in the end?
Maybe I should just ‘shut down’ my kingdom for a while … not! Because even if I did, how sustainable would it be?
Definitely lots of food for thought, and even though shutting down our lives may not be a long term viable option for most of us, here is my take.
- First understand what is truly essential in our lives and what is not.
- Then, parcel out the priceless yet limited commodity known as time, so that we make sure we spend it where it matters most i.e. on the essential activities first, after which anything can follow.
- Next, make a written list to help keep us on track, rather than leave our proposed intentions airy fairy and without physical substance.
- All the while, monitor our progress and make any amendments necessary to ensure we are focusing on the essential areas.
- Never give up! It make take a while to get it all together but it can be done!
I am not a US citizen, but I found this article written by Rachel Olsen on October 1 to be quite interesting, and thank her for encouraging me to do some serious thinking on where my focus in life should lie with this question: “Can you imagine being told that those tasks that you do all day each day are not truly essential?” Click here to see what she says … and if necessary refine your ‘essential’ focus – today. Then leave a comment to let me know how you are progressing.