I’m the girl that’s afraid of wasting time.
Afraid that I’ll miss out on something more valuable than what I’m doing. So much so that I completely sabotage what I’m doing (or what I want to do) and strive to do the thing that I deem more efficient.
YES. It’s the cold hard myth of SCARCITY.
The same thing that prompts us to wake up in the morning regretting that we didn’t wake up earlier. Beating ourselves up for not getting enough sleep or having enough time to do ‘something’. It’s frightening how automatic the thoughts pop into our heads without a question.
It’s something I’ve been learning/ wrestling with for the last few months (perhaps that’s why I haven’t been blogging regularly)
It’s honestly something I have to work through DAILY. Hourly.
I daily make a choice (some days better than others) to slow down. To take ten steps back and let go of the scarcity mindset. It has been stealing so much JOY from me for my entire life. Our family has been intentionally seeking out time together, and releasing the need to always be productive. Restorative, joy filled EXPERIENCES are what truly sustains us. They allow us to fully discover the truth of sufficiency. The truth that we are enough and what we are doing is enough. If we keep living in scarcity we will NEVER cross the finish line, there will always be more to chase after. All the while we’ll be passing up joy along the way.
I’ve been writing daily JOY list. Little memories of things I’m thankful for and that truly brought me joy that day.
Things that I so often overlook because I’m on a mission to be efficient.
- Snuggling on the couch with Jane for 15 minutes, because she’s 16 months old and still loves to snuggle.
- Listening to Harrison play the guitar and make up songs of his own.
- Eating breakfast as a family all together.
- Sitting NEXT to my husband at church.
- Creating new recipes and making them.
- Going to the park and having a picnic on a random week day evening.
The list goes on and it’s mostly the little things.
I highly encourage you to write down 20 things that make you feel alive, that bring you true joy! Experiencing these things will restore you, and in turn make you far more efficient in the end. Our first step in this direction was to stop depending on our phones. It was easy to “need” it to tell time or in case of emergencies, BUT it’s been life giving to not be so tied to it.
Stephen got this beautiful Jord WOOD watch. It’s a unique,durable time piece actually made of wood. Perfect for my outdoorsy, on-the go-man. It’s great for a day at the office, or an evening in the park with family. I feel like this watch screams our anthem to spend time with intention, seeking out joy and restoration. It’s reminding him to slow down, take in the beautiful creations around and be thankful that what he has is more than enough.
We are beyond blessed to have the opportunity to focus on what truly matters in life. I encourage you to do something restorative TODAY! It may not cross something off your “to-do” list but I promise it’s of greater value than simply being productive.