Journeying and the stops along the way

Ever have those times when you just take a step back and do a bit of an overview of your life? I did that a few times while we were on holiday, and I decided there needed to be some changes. So, the kids are off to boarding school! Only joking πŸ™‚

But I did have the realisation that I really, really, really want to finish the novel I started writing over five years ago. I found myself thinking, as I wondered along the beach, that I just didn’t have time. I have my writing for Destiny Rescue, work, a new work blog, this blog, speaking engagements,Β friends, family etc etc.

And then I realised my mistake, it was the age old axiom that I wasn’t making time. I have enough time. I just wasn’t using it in a way that meant I achieved my goals.

So, now I have a realistic, workable schedule which has everything in it…right down to notes about making time for friends and extended family. And so far this week, it’s working.

And I’m excited to be getting back to my novel. It’s easy to feel like I’ve left it too long, that clearly I can’t manage the commitment that writing a book needs.

And then I came across this quote –

The trees that are slow to grow bear the most fruit ~ Moliere

And then I felt better.

This book is slow to grow but I hope that means it’s worth it, that the angst and frustration it has caused me won’t be for naught. And that one day, maybe, it might be published. Actually, at this point, I think just finishing it will be reward enough πŸ™‚

And the bonus is that I feel more organised in my head and, this week anyway, I’ve gone to bed each night feeling pleased with what I’ve achieved during the day.

Is there something in your life that you should be making time for? If so, why aren’t you?

13 thoughts on “Journeying and the stops along the way

  1. This is just what I needed to read. I started my second blog a while back, thinking I had so many stories to tell. Then the work of telling them seemed to require too much effort. And then life intruded…unplanned life…demands on my time and effort that I thought would exhaust me. Strangely enough, they have energized me and now your gentle nudging makes me want to find the time to fit in my blog along with all the other good stuff that’s happening. Thanks!

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    • Glad it gave you the nudge you needed, Esther. And my two cents is that we are most energised by the things we love, so making the initial effort to get them rolling benefits us wholistically πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to read the stories on your second blog!

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  2. This made me feel a whole lot better about my progress. Though it’s been slow, I really just started working (seriously) on “the collection” about six months ago. Working full time outside the home creates challenges that I’ve had to adjust to. I too have plenty of time. I just don’t always use it productively.

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    • Glad it encouraged you Karen πŸ™‚ Sometimes, things have to be adjusted to our circumstances, like working full time, but there is always enough time if we want there to be.

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  3. I used to chase dreams, and always worried that I’d never catch them because the time I could spare was less than that which was needed.

    Then I realized something – by casting my heart into the future, into a product of my imagination and heart, I was ignoring the very real blessings and banes of my daily existence. The good – and the bad – deserved my full mind and heart as I lived them.

    The funny thing was that being mindful of the present didn’t make the dreams go away. I simply worked on them when I had time, and gave them my full heart in those hours.

    And they started coming true.

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    • So true, Andrew πŸ™‚ I’ve written a few posts about the tension between our dreams and our life in the present moment, so I can totally relate to what you’re saying. And I do love how God finds a way for our dreams to become reality when we let them go and focus instead on Him and all He’s given us.

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