Monday, February 22, 2010

Balancing Act: Part 4

Belinda here.

Time for the final part of our Balancing Act Mondays. When I was thinking about starting this I knew what the last post would be about. But at that time, I didn't realize how hard it would hit home.

It hit hard.

You see, as much as different aspects of our manuscripts need to be balanced, our life in general needs to be balanced also. Our time, our efforts, and every part of our day need some semblance of balance.

Everyone reading this has some sort of something going on on a daily basis. We have jobs, stay at home with our children, we are wives or husbands, we attend church, Bible studies, we judge or coordinate writing contests, we attend or facilitate monthly or weekly meetings of some sort, we have personal blogs, we have hobbies and interests. And that's just what rolled off the top of my head. There are so many other things going on that sometimes it doesn't seem like there's enough time in the day.

Breathe.....

In my opinion we must put God first in our lives. Then we prioritize from there all those "daily" issues that we come against. Between our families and jobs and other interests it's so easy to get caught up in everything. Sometimes we lose our focus.

Sometimes we need to get back on track.

So in this crazy world we call writing, we must remember to balance everything in our lives. We need our issues to compliment each other, not come in conflict with each other.

Time is fragile. Time is precious. Time is so not in our hands.

This post is for you Cuz. I think I started this balancing thing with you.

Hey, we balanced pretty good, didn't we?

6 comments:

  1. Ok, that photo almost made me cry! Balance is so true, Lindi. I'm praying for you and your family!

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  2. Ahhh...the art of balance...so hard for so many! I agree with you..."Seek first the Kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto you!"

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  3. Yes, it's hard to balance, especially when we're writers. Because we work at home. And we don't have that separation of clocking in and out, or of commuting. I know a lot of people work at home, so they probably understand as well. But with writing, part of that work is getting online, blogging, etc. And that's so easy to do while supposedly spending family time!

    I'm having to really watch that right now. I work totally on my laptop in the family room. And recently, my family specifically asked that when I'm (supposedly) off, that I don't stay on the computer the whole time! So I'm being more aware of that. I did pretty well this past weekend. :)

    I love that photo of you and Wendy!

    Missy

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  4. Great picture, Lindi.

    And, here, here on the post. I've had to work hard the last four years (since going back to work) to compartmentalize. With teaching...it can take over and I could bring work home every night. I've learned to resist. Writing is the same. It can take over all of your time outside of work. There too, I've had to learn to pull back and enjoy free time and spending time with God.

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  5. Wow! The photo is spectacular! So much joy to remember Wendy :-D

    Thank you, Lindi, for that picture. We are so going to miss her.

    Balance. Um, can I just say I'm working on it? Right now I'm in a season of pushing toward the goal and I hope to be able to reclaim my evenings in a few weeks.

    But on the days I get out of bed forgetting to pray that God sets my schedule and leads me through it, well, I do NOT get anything done. It's like I'm trying to do it under my own power and when that happens, God shows me through a rough, confusing day that I messed up first thing in the morning.

    My top priority is to pray before my feet hit the floor so I achieve His goal for me. Mine are not nearly as important.

    Angie

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  6. Lindi,
    Love the picture and the post.

    Balancing is something I TRY to do every day... no wonder I feel like pulling my hair out sometimes!

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