If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day
Till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you
If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you
But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them...
~ Jim Croce (Time in a Bottle)
Why is it that there's never enough time to do the things I want to do? It seems like my days are running into each other at a very alarming rate. I am extremely busy, but cannot seem to find anything to cut out of my schedule.
I work from home three days, 20-25 hours a week. It's a great job with a publishing company -- writing, editing, managing projects. It stretches me every week. -- and the money is very good. I also work from home as an administrative director for a property management company, and for the youth ministry our family serves. That ministry takes at least 10-15 hours out of my seven-day-week, but I love it! It's the most fulfilling job I have. And then, of course, there are the "managing my home" duties of laundry, meals, shopping, taxi-ing children. My teenagers homeschool themselves, with just lesson plans and administrative supervision from mom. Plus, we're slowly, but surely packing to move across town.
I guess I can see how busy has invaded my life. I try to counteract it by spending time each morning in the Word of God and in prayer. I enjoy my days for the most part, unless stress attacks me. But I long for the freedom I used to have, to spend my days being creative, or feeding my soul on a thick, wonderful novel, or writing more in my xanga. Wish I didn't have to sleep. :-)
I have learned, over the years, that I require a significant amount of alone time, down time, to feed my mind, and soul on great literature, or on creating something beautiful. When I get that "me" time, I am much more productive, much happier, and much nicer to others. :-) I am great at multi-tasking. I perform well under pressure. But there comes a time when I have to retreat into my room, or at least into my mind, and nourish myself. I know I am in a very busy season, but I find myself dreaming of a vacation, with my feet in the ocean, and the sun on my shoulders, no plans or demands except enjoying my family, and then sending them off to sight-see so I can be alone.
I tend to think we all need some time to nourish ourselves. Recreation for the purpose of RE-creation. Maybe we require different amounts of alone time, but don't we all need a break once in a while? If you could do it today -- pack your bags or simply lock your doors -- how would you unplug from the busy and take time to feed your soul?