I start my car and check the fuel gauge. It’s been awhile since I’ve filled up. But I won’t get gas today.
Because the tank is already full.
Jeff must have filled it up for me yesterday. He’s considerate like that.
Like gas tanks, there are some things I like to keep filled up.
- Bank account
- Family time
But my schedule?
No, thank you. I don’t want my schedule full.
“If we were equipped with a flashing light
to indicate ‘100 percent full,’
we could better gauge our capacities.
But we don’t have such an indicator light,
and we don’t know when we have overextended
until we feel the pain.”
~ Richard Swenson, Margin
How do you know when you’ve reached your limit?
- An unexpected outburst over something small?
- Less energy to do once-fun things?
- A desire to stay in bed later than planned?
I’ve been tired lately. Not from overscheduling on the outside, but maybe from trying so hard on the inside.
I need to unplug a bit more. A little less of this, a little less of that.
Leave more room in the margins.
“Many people commit to a 120 percent life
and wonder why the burden feels so heavy.
It is rare to see a life prescheduled to only 80 percent,
leaving a margin for responding
to the unexpected that God sends our way.”
I’ll keep the plans I’ve already made. But I’ll try not to add much new. I want to keep my margins wide.
I breathe easier with holes in my schedule.
Do you function best with a tightly packed schedule? Or with wide margins?
revised from the archives
- Narrow It Down. Then Narrow That Down. Then Narrow It Down Again.
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