Having more time to do things doesn’t necessarily mean we end up doing them. Even when these things are important and will help make our lives easier.
I’m currently reading through the bible, in its entirety, front cover all the way through to the back cover. ‘The Bible Project’, a non-profit animation studio, have created videos to watch alongside their simple reading plan. The readings they suggest for each day are short enough to be achievable, but packed with enough to think over during the day. Over the past week, due to the swift spread of Covid-19, I have not spent time each day reading and praying. At the moment things are different, and admittedly a bit difficult, but I do not lack time completely. I’m choosing, sometimes consciously and sometimes subconsciously, to do other things. Or I choose to do very little at all, even when I have energy.
Whether it is reading the bible, learning a language, tidying your house, or something else, we can tell ourselves ‘I’ll get around to it later’ or ‘I don’t have the time right now’. When we say this, are we being completely honest with ourselves? If we aren’t, this lack of time management can seep into areas of our lives where we are making magic happen.
I’m two thirds of the way through writing what I hope will be my first published novel. It is a fantasy adventure book, with a heavy sprinkling of Japanese mythology. I am really enjoying writing this book, and co-creating more of the world as I go with my friends. But, I still find it hard to get stuck in sometimes. The closer I get to the finish line, the more it seems like I’m running through treacle. I think about the other things that I’m not doing, which at the moment are all the more prominent in my mind. Getting regular exercise is not easy when sticking to home most of the time. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, the good work God intends for me to do, is difficult when surrounded by this pandemic.
What I need to do is stop, be still, and take some time to be where I am. Solidifying how I want to spend my time, and the spaces where I will do these things, will be a good start.
It is easy to have many projects on the go at any one time. The key is to be organised. Choose what to do, and do it. When we go to work it is easy to do this. It’s time we start doing this at home. We’ve got at least a month to practice.
Procrastination is easy to find. Motivation is more difficult. Tackle the resistance we feel by choosing to challenge ourselves. We can succeed, with hard work and perseverance.
Dream big, and plan how to make these dreams reality.
In these tough times we must embrace peace we find. Being in close proximity with the same people for a month, we must remember to love, always.
Kia kaha, dear readers.