Are you looking forward to dreading filling cramming next month’s calendar/checkbook/emotions with activities, doings and sub-doings?
Few books make it to my Must Read List, but this is one of them, especially if you are where I was: overloaded and margin-less.
If “Hurry up!” and “Get your shoes on!” are more spoken in your home than “I love you” and “Sure, I can help you with that” you need to read this book. More and more moms (homeschoolers/humans) are frustrated with their overloaded lives, but they aren’t sure how to unwind the ropes around expectations – their own and everyone else’s. The outward boast of “I’m soooo busy” has become an inward cry for help.
If you’re happy (and content) being overscheduled and overwhelmed, I still recommend reading the book. It speaks to more than the calendar, it speaks to the heart.
Without further ado (I know you’re busy!) here’s the book title:
It’s all about leaving white space – margin – in our lives.
Time margin, financial margin, emotional margin.. Enough space to say, “Yes” when someone has a spur of the moment need – or an unexpected tragedy. Enough space to say, “Yes” when our children want to play playdough with us. Enough space to read a book and rest, even in a busy season of life.
It’s also about saying, “No” …
- when someone has a need.
- when our children want to play.
- and (gasp!) to reading a book.
It’s about having permission to choose well for ourselves when our insides are crying to the world, “You aren’t the boss of me!” ( tee hee )
If you are dreading (or looking forward to!) the planning season, read this book first. And follow up with the companion book, The Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live Within Your Limits.
And let me know what you think. I’ve made white space for you!
REALITY CHECK: I took some time off my to-do list to get feeling better. Now my to-do list is brimming. But I am determined to keep the margins clear while my moments are lived to the full.