Maybe the last couple of weeks have gone a little like this for you:
- Practice for spring sports for hours after school
- Conference and State competitions and games
- Banquets for clubs and organizations
- Turning in the last weeks of homework
- Finishing end of the year projects and taking final…after final…after final
- Getting ready for graduation
- Applying for scholarships
- Preparing for summer jobs and internships
- Spending the last bit of time with friends before summer break
- Reconnecting with family and friends after school is out
- Doing some spring cleaning
- State FFA Conventions!
- Budget meetings
- Selling your home
- Replying to tons of emails
- Staying connected through YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, texting, calling, watching TV…
- And the list could go on…and on…and on
Life can get…well, crazy! There is so much going on around us and the world gives us so many options. I don’t know about you, but I like to stay busy and have a tough time saying “no”. While everyone is more than happy to have you on their team, in their group, or listen to your thoughts, we can not forget to slow life down every once in a while and keep a balance.
Over the past few days, I have had the chance to be up at a cabin with my family. This time away from the everyday hustle and bustle has been a wonderful little break. It has given me the chance to slow down a little bit and reflect over the past couple of weeks. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the “to do” lists that we forget to take a moment and really soak in what is going on. We can also forget that we need to feed ourselves and maintain a balance in life. I know that there have been times when I have let the “to dos” get the best of me. And yes, getting all those things on the list or on the agenda done are important, but what about you?
Someone once described this too me like a car. We are a car and each one of the four wheels represents a different part of our being: mental, spiritual, social, and physical. When we are taking care of all these aspects we are driving through life in a car with four properly inflated tires. If we get so caught up in the craziness of life and begin to forget about one of these tires they will deflate or pop. Just like driving with a flat tire causes problems, driving through life with deflated mental, spiritual, social or physical health also causes problems. We are not nearly as efficient or effective in what we are doing and involved in because that tire is dragging us down. We cannot fully be ourselves because one of the aspects of our being is low. In addition the ride is bumpy and eventually the rim or axle is going to break. At some point if we go long enough without tending to ourselves, we will break in one way or another. We must find ways to keep all of our tires inflated.
Taking time by the lake has allowed me to read the Bible, do some writing in my journal, get lots of rest, read some personal books, and spend time with my family. Maybe for you it is calling a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, going for a run, completing a Sudoku puzzle, or going for a walk outdoors. Even if it is just stepping way from work, school, or your current task for five minutes take a moment and absorb life. Let us not let the business and craziness of life get the best of you and your car!