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people, I am a firm believer that you can make time for the things you care about. but there's no use in trying to cram your week so full of good things that those good things turn sour.


- via rachel

ding ding ding.

i'm trying to live life in an anti-busy way. with so many people around me who are far busier, i feel a little lazy sometimes. but it keeps me sane and grounded and that's enough reason for me.

now, i fully realize that i have far less responsibilities than many others, so i have the liberty to say no and take time for myself. and i think i'll take advantage of that for as long as i can.

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 09:32AM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments17 Comments

Reader Comments (17)

Careful, it's contageous, and you spend a lot of time around us busy people!
Apr 26, 2006 at 11:28AM | Unregistered Commenterjared
trust me, i've built up a fantastic immunity. perhaps I'LL rub off on some of YOU someday. :P
Apr 26, 2006 at 01:16PM | Registered Commentermdog
hey, i made a comment earlier today and it didn't post.

must have been those peep demons.
Apr 26, 2006 at 04:50PM | Unregistered Commenterblogging paul
what? really?

peep, peep.
Apr 26, 2006 at 10:14PM | Registered Commentermdog
creepy peeps
Apr 26, 2006 at 10:34PM | Unregistered Commenterkt
it's the peep supplier!
Apr 26, 2006 at 10:38PM | Registered Commentermdog
who are you people? and why doesyour mail take five and a half months to deliver? [peeeeeep]

do peeps pee? or eep? or both?
Apr 27, 2006 at 12:30AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
As much as I hate to interrupt the peep conversation...

Good thoughts, rachel & maria. This is a very relevant topic for me right now. I'm currently getting toward the end of 13 days of literally non-stop movement, including a three-day trip to Michigan (for pleasure) and a three-day trip to DC (for business). Granted, these days have been abnormally busy...but not THAT abnormally. I feel like I want to take a week off of everything--school, work, everything--and just sleep. My tendency is to keep going, going, going. But it catches up with you after a while.

I saw Lauren Winner speak last week, and she pointed out that one of the most countercultural thing we can do is get enough sleep. God created rest (specifically sleep in her example, but also resting in general) as a good thing for us to enjoy and as a way to keep healthy. It's not something to be shoehorned into those five hours we can afford to devote to sleep. It's not an obstacle to overcome on our way to being all we can be.

I was marvelling last night at how quickly I shift from one have-to to another. I move forward and it never even crosses my mind to stop and rest. I simply take for granted that I need to be continually moving. Hmmmmmm. Things to ponder.
Apr 27, 2006 at 09:26AM | Unregistered Commentermeegs
We haven't stopped to rest in I don't know how long....My husband had a nasty run-in with a very violent stomach flu this past weekend. At one point he said "God WILL get His sabbath somehow."

I'm not sure how to rest anymore. Life with a baby....I'm serious. I have no good balance yet and she's 6 months old.

Apr 27, 2006 at 02:23PM | Unregistered Commenterdayna
I hate being super-busy... thank goodness it doesn't happen all that often. Sometimes I wish I were more of a type-A personality... it seems more practical in this day and age.
Thriving on being busy!...yes, I know some people like that.
Apr 27, 2006 at 03:18PM | Unregistered Commenterhappyhearn
you people are so real, and thoughtful. I think maria collects you.
Apr 28, 2006 at 09:31AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
Right on Sistah! See you tomorrow - watch out for the morons. You did say morons and not mormons, right?
Apr 28, 2006 at 03:24PM | Unregistered CommenterTB
rachel - yes, that is my plan. and i would pin you all to plastic sheeted archival pages, if only you would fit.

tb - morons, yes. but i'll watch out for the elders with skinny ties as well.
Apr 28, 2006 at 03:29PM | Registered Commentermdog
why,when most would agree, that we live busy lives and should take "time out" for selves and family, that when we take a stand. like saying no to something, do folks look at you like you are insane? we have for several years just blocked wed.eve. we don't take calls,or go to meetings...or whatever we say no. we just hang out.play games eat junk or just pad around the house in peace and quiet.
we recently dropped being staff at our tuesday night jr. high group we still are involved with jh'ers, but decided that we needed to be home more than just one night (wed.) and rather than people being supportive it was a mixed response...i'm thinking i know the wrong people. one comment was "so what do you do with your time now??" TIME>>>>>>>>>>TIME i wanted to scream... we relax,reconnect....
my hubby works 80+ a week, and then does ministry on top of that, let me tell you about my TIME"........grrr
oi i could tell you stories!
so mdog and the rest guard your time, it can never be given back to you.....against the flow baby all the way!!!! :)
( i feel better now!)
Apr 28, 2006 at 06:23PM | Unregistered Commentercaligal
something i heard once that has resonated... "good things become bad things when they get in the way of God things" ...

i'm such balance freak. if i'm stretched in one direction, i demand the other soon after in order to recuperate. sometimes i feel lazy as well, but then i remember the output of my week and realize that God has alloted me rest time.

remember that He looked around, deemed his work "good" and then put His feet up and rested. enjoy, my friend!
Apr 29, 2006 at 06:30PM | Unregistered Commenterlana
who is caligal, and is she talking in the royal 'we'?
Apr 30, 2006 at 01:07AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
not sure what a "royal we" is. i simply meant my family and i.

i "knew" mdog from the old bebo norman web site.
sorry for any confusion....
May 2, 2006 at 11:28PM | Unregistered Commentercaligal

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