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choose what you love

Here’s the deal.

We’re working on being less busy and finding more time to be still. More time to enjoy the things you love. The things that make your heart beat strong.

The things that make you hear that quiet voice that too often gets drowned out by all the noise.

But lets also be honest that not every day can be still.

Some days we have school and kids and soccer and homework and meetings and commitments that we just can’t cancel.

No matter how much we would like.

That’s life.

The point of this whole series is making a choice.

Everything is a choice.

This month is about making a choice not to be busy. Making a choice to decide what stays and schedule those must-do commitments on different days so that one day isn’t crammed with everything.

It’s about learning to sort out and choose what you love.

Because the reality is this life is full of so many amazing things.

Sometimes cutting things out doesn’t mean cutting out bad things.

It most definitely means that, but sometimes it also means cutting out some really good things that there just isn’t room for. We can’t do all the things.

I know, I know. I want to do all the things too.

But when we choose all the things we wind up busy and enjoying nothing because we’re constantly torn between where we are and where we’re supposed to be and what is coming up next.

It’s about choosing who gets to influence your life.

There are so many amazing people to share our lives. So many adventures to go on, parties to go to, and lives to pour into. How do we choose?

This world is full of amazing people and amazing things but busy keeps us in a state of urgency, which is the opposite of being still.

And the best things happen when there is room for fun.  When we’re still enough to notice.

Busy is a choice.

We make the choice to determine our schedule and what fits, and what we’re just cramming in. We know if we will have to rush from that yoga class to make it to soccer practice, or have to leave 5 minutes early to be only 5 minutes late for the next thing.

When we try to cram it all in we teach our kids to think that they can do everything too and alas, they cannot.

As parents we KNOW they cannot. Why do we think WE can?

And if we choose to support or encourage more than is feasible then we need to be happy with it or change our choice.

If busy is the way you function best then celebrate it! Some people thrive here. I don’t. I esteem an afternoon in my pajamas above almost anything else! I can promise you that.

Bottom line: Choose what you love.

Eliminate what doesn’t make the cut. Celebrate that you’re teaching your kids to prioritize and figure out what they truly love. Some people will go a whole lifetime and never know. And if you’re busy and you chose it, don’t complain! Your only option is to change, or be quiet.

Today’s Challenge: Choose what you love. Make a list of all the things. All the sports, activities, must-dos and hobbies you want to participate in. Allow each family member to choose ONE per season. If there’s room for more without chaos then add one more. That’s it. CHOOSE what you love. Leave the rest for someone who loves it and chooses it for their one thing. We can’t do all the things.

This is day 29 of our Revolt Against Busy Challenge! You can sign up and find the homepage right {here}.

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  • Emily Grace November 20, 2014, 5:58 pm

    Have you read Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking?

    I’ve been listening to it on cd and enjoyed its correlation with your revolt on busy. 🙂

    Emily Grace

    • Tammy November 23, 2014, 9:44 pm

      Yes! I’ve read it and absolutely LOVED it! It made me feel that it was actually a GOOD THING to be an introvert! 🙂 It’s amazing, enjoy! xo

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