Happy Tuesday! Apparently I am on a blog-writing kick lately. I just feel like I suddenly have so many ideas that I want to share with you! I also have a life update blog post planned for next week. But today I wanted to focus on something that we all know and love to claim we are great at: multitasking. Multitasking is defined as dealing with more than one task at the same time. Sounds simple, right? It's not... at all. Okay maybe you can chew gum and walk at the same time, and maybe you can cook while listening to music. But can you text while being present with your family? Can you scroll through social media while listening to your friend tell you about the tough season of life she is going through? Can you reply to that email while your kids try to tell you what they did at school today? Absolutely NOT. We are not being present. We are not being intentional with our time. We are rushing through life, giving way too much power to our responsibilities at school and work, and letting time slip away from us. Pretty soon life will have passed you by and you won't know where it went. I don't know about you, but I want to look back and be able to say that I lived a meaningful life filled with time spent intentionally and dreams pursued. I don't want to look back and remember all of the text conversations I had and Instagram posts I made. To survive comfortably in this world we have to have money. This money pays our bills, keeps us fed and clothed, and occasionally even allows us to participate in enjoyable activities. To make money we have to have a job. Depending on what kind of job you want, you need to have some form of education. These things are pretty much non-negotiable in todays world. However, they do not have to rule our lives, because making money is not what life is about. Life is about the journey; the lessons learned. Life is about sunsets and chirping birds. Life is about swinging at the park and playing in the grass in the back yard as a child. Life is about forming relationships with people, and shining Jesus' light through yourself and onto others. Life is about finding happiness and appreciating the little things. Let me say that again... life is about appreciating the little things. These things are not so little and are actually the most important, but we tend to look over them as if we deserve them and they are owed to us.
10 little things we can (and should) learn to appreciate:
- standing at the fridge filling up our cup with fresh, clean water
- the sunset and its beauty, and the different ways God decides to paint it each night
- clear night skies where you can see all of the stars
- the birds (and other animals) who are hard at work and play each day that we fail to notice them as we "rule" this earth and take over their space
- whole fruits and vegetables grown from the earth itself
- art, creativity, and each individuals' interpretation of it
- days that we are healthy
- flowers and their many variations
- each and every day that your children learn something new. Really pay attention to it.
10 little things that we tend to make big that we should learn to let go of:
- demanding to have that one brand of water bottle that you love
- spending way too much money too often on way-too-big meals eaten at restaurants
- being on social media more hours out of the day than not
- immediately judging others (by their cover or not)
- constantly complaining
- having no regard for others' feelings and claiming "that's just how I am, take it or leave it"
- the best body, personality, house, salary, car, diet, wardrobe, relationship, etc.
- our cell phones and immediately having to respond to that text, email, or phone call
Did I get you thinking? Now I'm not claiming to be perfect and I can't say that I always have appreciation for the first 10 things, and that I never partake in the last 10, but I am saying that we can all make a change. We should all be constantly working to put an end to the surface-level lives we can get caught up in and start living. Be present, be intentional, and appreciate the little things.
3 ways to be more present and intentional with your time:
- put your phone away when spending time with family and friends
- be present with God. Set aside 5-10 minutes each day at a time that works for you to pray, read your devotional, or dive into His word. I like to do this at night.
- keep things in order. If your house is in order and you only need to put away a few dishes and fold one load of laundry at the end of the night you can use the extra time to be with your family rather than doing a mountain of dishes, finally having time to vacuum and clean the bathrooms, and starting the washer. Be intentional in planning out your daily tasks so that it may free up more time for you to be present.
About a year ago I purchased a book called A Simplified Life by Emily Ley. As I began reading it I felt as though it wasn't the right time for me to dive into this book. So, I put it down and saved it for later. Later became last night when I couldn't sleep. I felt so overwhelmed with everything that is happening in my life (all good) and my mind was racing with all of these ideas that I wanted to jump up and get started on, but I was feeling the need to simplify. My space, my mind, my life. I immediately knew which book I wanted to pick up. I have never read so many pages so fast, but I was like I was in a dream. Everything Emily was saying just made sense. She discusses ways to simplify your space, style, meals, schedule, etc. although I am not directly mentioning multitasking, it is so important to take note of the things Emily discusses because in order to be present and intentional and be able to appreciate the little things, we must simplify. Life is very simple in some ways, but we tend to make it more complicated than it needs to be. If you have not yet read A Simplified Life, I highly recommend it.
I hope I got you thinking and I hope you learned something from today's post. Feel free to share any thoughts you have in the comments or over on Instagram.
Talk to you soon,