There are so many things we can focus on these days. It's so great! Any hobby you want to take up, every cause you want to champion, every book you want to find, every question you have, you can easily find out on the internet. It cuts down the long process of research and planning one had to do before the mid-1990s. With that ease of discovery, comes the thirst for more knowledge and interest in more topics. Yet our time stays the same--24 hours in a day!
It's not a secret--children don't raise themselves, dishes don't do themselves, housework doesn't get done on its own and neither do relationships flourish with an occasional text or Facebook post. They all take time, but priorities must be made! No one can decide for someone else what those are.
Some of my favorite memories with my mom are when she would read to me and my sister, one on either side of her, before bedtime. I would blissfully lean my head on her shoulder and everything seemed right with the world. Not that things were perfect in our lives or childhood, but those times were so reassuring to me. It was something she stopped everything to do for us and there was no agenda other than to spend time with us. It made me feel loved and cherished as a child. I recently saw a meme that said, "No App is a substitute for your lap! Read to your child!" How true! I'm glad that I took time to read with my own son and play with him and do all of those things that children love. The time went by all too quickly.
And there are other things that are so important. It may be a good exercise to list everything that you feel is important to you in your life. When everything is listed, estimate the amount of time that you currently spend on each item. You might be surprised at what things you are devoting more of your time to. I know I cringe when I think about some of the things I spend inordinate amounts of time on, things that are actually lower on my priority list!
Here's to another week, with more time spent on the things that matter most!
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