Time for a semi-annual promise. I woke up this morning feeling guilty that I have neglected this little corner of the Internet that I call home. So I want to work on writing at least twice a week. The person that most accurately guesses which week the wheels fall off the wagon will win a candy bar.
On the face of it, this seems like a horrible time to dive into a more rigid blog schedule. This week, I’m super excited to be headed to the National Youth Workers Convention, a place where my blogging has always been top notch. But while I’m excited to be going, it is also true that I need to accomplish a week’s worth of work by Thursday. There are emails to write, blogs to publish, food drives to wrap up. And there are also the life things. The boys turned three (!) yesterday, so there are doctors appointments associated with that, plus a general desire to spend more time with them. There’s a lot on my plate!
One of the things that Sarah and I talk about quite frequently is the idea of a busy season. My eternal optimistic side always wants to say that these busy times are just a season, that they’ll pass eventually and things will return to “normal.” Sarah understands better than I. This isn’t a season. We’re always this busy. It’s just how life is. Rushing from one thing to the next. And no matter how hard we try, when daylight appears in the schedule it tends to be filled by more “next things.”
But wait! Don’t get depressed yet!
See, I’ve found that in these seasons (there I go again), habits and discipline are the keys to success. There will never be a time when I have abundant hours on the calendar to myself to write. So if I have decided that writing adds value to my life, I have to just buck up and make sure that it’s a part of my life, even and especially when things get busy. If I’ve decided that going to the gym adds value to my life, I need to make sure that there’s a habit in place. If my prayer life is going to keep me sane in the swamp of busy times, then it has to be an intentional choice.
Intentional is such a key word, isn’t it?
I got really excited about the how of doing all of this, of being intentional about habits and disciplines in the busy seasons of life. And then I realized that I was actually writing two blog posts. So how’s this for a teaser: tune in Thursday to see a few of the tips and tools I use to manage all of this, and keep things organized and sane. But in the meantime, my big point is this. Don’t wait for that season when things are easy and there is an abundance of free time. It’s taken me until the boys were three to realize that as a parent, that’s likely never coming. And that’s not a sad thing, that’s actually a wonderful and beautiful thing. And I think there' are ways to thrive, even when we’re rushing about. So tune in Thursday, and we’ll talk some more.