Today ends week 8 in Melissa’s online study. And after reading her blog in preparation for this post, I decided to take a different approach. Rather than giving you an assignment to do something in your home, I want to invite you to do some heart work.
I haven’t had a chance to speak personally with Melissa (although I will) but it sounds like it’s been a hard week for her. Maybe some of you are feeling that way too. And truthfully, it’s been a hard week for me too.
After an amazing time at She Speaks two weeks ago, I came home for a few days then headed out of town to be with my older sister after lung cancer surgery. Sadly, she had just received the devastating news that cancer was found in her lymph nodes. In the next month my sister will be facing an aggressive combination of chemotherapy and radiation that she is dreading.
It’s amazing how unimportant “things” get in that moment.
As I got ready to leave, my sister expressed her gratefulness that I came to visit in spite of how “busy” I was. Being a mom of five, my life is full. But I told her with all sincerity that she had moved to the top of my priority list.
Sometimes we need to get perspective. Yes, keeping our homes in order is important. But it can never be more important than people. And sometimes we need to reorder our priorities based on perspective.
Let me share how this works in my life. Seven years ago my niece Christa was killed in a car accident. It devastated our family. Once my grief subsided, perspective took it’s place. When one of our kids messes up (and my kids aren’t perfect!), we administer consequences, but we go next to perspective: They are still breathing! There is hope.
I get through hard times by keeping perspective. And I use past hard times to remind me of what’s important in this moment, and that guides my decision-making.
I hope you do find some tips from my book that help you be more productive, and have a more organized home and office.
But more than that, I hope you always keep perspective about what’s really important.
So, if you are feeling overwhelmed by demands, and are close to giving up – then take a break. Spend some time with someone you love. Call someone just because. Write a letter to your grandmother. Send your niece or nephew a box of goodies. Take your mom to lunch.
Remind yourself of what’s really important in this life … and it’s not things.
And speaking of that, I’m going to be taking a blogging break for a few weeks (except for next Friday and my last message as part of Melissa’s series) while I take my mother on a trip of a lifetime. She is a Sinclair by birth, and today we are heading to Scotland – just the two of us. I wanted to take her to the Edinburgh Tattoo, so we’ll be there next Tuesday night. I can’t wait!
Thank you so much for joining me today.
With deep love and gratefulness,