The most common response to the oft asked question, “How ya been?” is “busy”. Really? Sure. Busy. An exhausting answer, but one that is true… for all of us. Each one of us can legitimately state that we are busy. Busy doing ‘what’ though? Anything of lasting value, I wonder?
Deciding how I want to be able to answer the question ‘what keeps me busy’ has been a catalyst in helping me to choose priorities. We do have a choice, don’t we? I’ve had to be purposeful in making decisions with my husband for how I will use my time and how we will invest our time as a couple and as a family. What I will and won’t be involved in. What we will and won’t make a priority in our home and for our family. It’s been something that is very intentional. And if it isn’t, “life” will just take over – or rather run us over. And before we know it, we’ll be looking back and saying ‘if only…’ or ‘I sure wish…’
We’ve decided that we will purposefully be home more and away less, play together more and watch TV less, make more meals from scratch and eat less processed food, make more memories and spend less on frivolous items, work together more and compete less, attempt natural healing more and ‘practice’ medicine less, focus on character more and beauty less. The list could go on and on but suffice it to say that without any plan, it would be very easy to fail… to be ‘busy’ doing things that are not going to matter years from now. Because we are all truly busy. But busy doing what?
Maybe it’s time for a bit of reflecting for you. Look back over the past week. If you’re ambitious, look back over the past month or even year. And as you look back, as you reflect, ask yourself “are the things that have kept me so ‘busy’ things that are really important? Are they going to matter in 10 or 20 years?” I hope the answer is yes… but if you’re like too many of us, the answer you give in honesty probably more closely resembles a downcast face and mumbled phrase, “No, not really.”
Here’s the good news. You can start today with a plan. A plan to make the way you live your life a true reflection of the goals and desire of your heart. A mirror of what you actually believe is worth the investment of your time, energy, and resources, a life with purpose . Choose one thing to “add” to your life that is a true priority for you – and implement it.
True, you will probably have to “eliminate” at least one thing on your already full plate… but I’ll bet you can find something to cross off that will actually make you feel a little more ‘free’. Maybe it’ll require setting the alarm 30 minutes earlier. Maybe you’ll need to plan out a health-conscious menu and then only go shopping once a week, around the perimeter of the store. Maybe you’ll need to spend less time on-line or in front of the television. But if you want things to change, you are going to have to plan and then implement a change! Believe me; it’ll be worth it… in the long run! You will still be busy – but at least you’ll be busy mirroring priorities that truly match your heart. Start today. And start at home.