Busy, busy, busy.
That's the common language of this era.
That's the usual response when people ask, "How have you been?"
We rattle off a list of all we've done, and are doing, and shall be doing, to reinforce that we truly are a busy person.
In fact, I think many of us wear the Busy Pin as a badge of honour. It shows the world we're not lazy, that we're being productive, that we're achieving.
Perhaps in our private thoughts we want to be admired for our busyness?
I admit to having been a product of that thought, but it was such a fickle, exhausting, and even deceptive state of mind. You know why?
No-one cared how busy I was because they were too busy being busy themselves.
I'm almost six months into this Year of Gentle Domesticity and I have to say that it's unfolding in ways I never imagined, blending into areas that weren't considered at the dawn of 2015. Lately it has subdued my busyness, giving each day a delight in the here and now - slowing my mind, thoughts, plans and days.
The big 'aha' moment that changed my course was during an early morning read of Matthew chapter 6 (the sermon on the mount). Reading through very slowly to look for things missed previously, it was as the chapter closed my study was struck still by these four simple words, "each day has enough".
You see my to-do list had overflowed onto the next page of my planner every day that month, and I'd been lamenting before the Lord in prayer that I couldn't seem to complete all my tasks each day, let alone catch-up with my lengthening 'postponed' list!
It felt like commitments were swallowing me whole and just getting the basics of home duties and answering business emails in the few hours left each day were pushing me beyond my time boundaries.
I even began to shorten my daily time in the Word to leverage business and home hours for my perceived advantage. Something had to give, and I was on the brink of shortening even further my morning devotions.
Fortunately I woke up when the reality of Matthew 6:34 illuminated from my Bible page because everything changed.
"Each day has enough..." said Jesus, and in that truth I meditated for many hours. With a mental white-out pen I removed from my thoughts yesterday and tomorrow, and sat contemplating that one day which had just dawned, the people that make my day joyful, and the true obligations I should fulfill on this particular day the Lord had given me. I let everything else fall away and did not write my usual to-do list. As the hours passed I just did the next thing, and the next thing...no rush, no anxiety, no list to follow. I kept it all very simple, and in just one day discovered that this was another lesson in Rest and Renewal.
I don't commit to anything anymore unless I'm sure it's the best thing (not a good thing), and it doesn't bother me if the floor didn't get vacuumed and the washing wasn't done, or there was no time for stitching and writing patterns, or if I couldn't make it to the grocery store and had to 'shop' from the pantry for dinner.
I don't stress when a friend calls for a chat or if Blossom drops by for a few hours before work 'just to have coffee' - yet previously these unplanned occasions would make me anxious and I'd be mentally calculating all the 'things' I couldn't do because I was talking to someone I care about instead. I sure had my priorities out of balance!
Every morning now, as I write no more than a handful of probable 'to-dos' in my planner, I also write and pray "this day has enough" and I leave tomorrow until tomorrow. There's no catching up, no falling behind. There's just today and whatever the Lord brings with it. Busy is a word I no longer want to use, and hopefully won't hear so often either.
I'm a work in progress though, so there shall be times when I slip up and lose sight of what's best, but a lesson has been taught and it's going deep. In time this will become second nature.
So how am I today?
Rested, relaxed, pottering around and enjoying this very precious gift of a Sunday.
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