It was a lot of fun blogging early in the morning while my children slept. I enjoyed the silence and felt like I was getting somewhere.
Rest can be a priority. Does that make sense? I need to give to myself before I can give to anyone else. If I haven’t slept enough, the broken night sleep, the chronic back aches, the whining children, everything starts getting to you.
A lot of the best things that we do are usually spontaneous. So I tried making a priority jar with my children. On one of those “I just can’t take it anymore mornings”. We made a list of all the most essential things in life, family fun, prayers, healthy eating etc and put a large piece of clay in a jar for each one. Then we made a list of less important stuff and used smaller marbles to represent them. We filled up the jar with those. Then we listed stuff that was even less important and filled the remaining space in the jar with lentils. I hope my kids understood. I explained to them that from now on we’d reschedule and focus on the most important things and fill up the spaces with others if we could.
Sometimes the unecessary stuff takes up far too much space in our lives and we never really feel fulfilled because the weight of the rocks isn’t there to hold us down. For now, we’re going to focus on those rocks.