Many families are headed out on the road this summer to have some fun and step away from our unusual life over the past few months. If you are traveling any distance at all, you will more than likely use a roadmap of some kind. Probably one that is built into your phone. Road maps are important, not only to tell us when it’s time to take action, like get off at an exit, but they are just as useful in telling us to stay on the current course. There is nothing more annoying than our phones repeatedly telling us to turn when we know it isn't time to turn. Each day of our lives can be filled with those same annoyances and stresses if we do not know what we want for our own lives and the lives of our loved ones. If you don’t have a roadmap, now’s a great time to create one.
We focus back on what matters most when we face turbulent times and uncertainty. I think, now more than ever, we know what, and who, is most important to us.
Once we know what matters most, how do we ensure that those people and things get the time and attention they deserve? After all, you can tell what is most important to us by looking at our calendar. What fills our time?
When you know what is most important, it is time to decide what you want and need for yourself and for your loved ones, on an ongoing basis, in order to truly live your BEST.
Take some time to think about that and start to write your thoughts down. It will be the beginning of your roadmap.
Once you know what is wanted and needed, knowing what to say “yes” to in life becomes clearer. Say “yes” to the things that promote great health in all areas of your life. Saying “yes” to things such as healthy relationships, physical health, spiritual health, and even financial health.
Your roadmap will also help you know what to say “no” to. We all have an itch for life to get back to the way it used to be, but was that life all that it was cracked up to be? Many lives were filled with running from activity to activity, never having time for a meaningful conversation and dinner together at home.
We all want to fit in and we all want to give those we love everything they want, but those things are not always the BEST.
As a child, I was on the swim team at the local pool during my summers off of school. I did pretty well, but I was always out swam by the other year around swimmers. I begged my parents to allow me to be a part of the nearby year around team, but they said no. My parents had financial goals and my desire to win a swim race (which was all I really wanted) did not warrant spending the money. In addition, my mom would have had to drive me 30 minutes each way plus stick around for my swim practice and meets. Spending time in this way was not a priority for my parents and my family. My parents said “no” to year around swimming for me, but said yes to dinners together, family time, unrushed homework time, a slower pace and healthier finances.
When we say “yes” to something, we are in turn saying “no” to something else. Let’s say “yes” to the right things!
What/who is most important to you?
What is the BEST for you and them?
What are you going to say “yes” to and what are you going to say “no” to?
You have the control and power to make these important decisions. We have seen, through the past few months, that great things are possible at home.
My Daily Walk With Jesus: I’m not going to lie, I have been struggling with the “non eventful” life I am living right now. I crave excitement, but that is not life right now. That is not my BEST life right now. I want things, but the timing is just not right at the moment. I am trying to find contentment in my everyday life and tasks. After all, life really is good.