poco a poco
Jay uses this term a lot- and when I remember to follow it, life goes a lot more smoothly. When I don't, I get stressed out, frustrated.
When I wake up and think of all the things that need to get done, or that are required of me...I sometimes feel a little like I can't move. I see this in my kids, when they have a lot of homework, and practice to finish, and activity's to go to at night. They freeze up.
I think that sometimes I have a false sense of how things are supposed to be-and I think that we think of others living their lives perfectly. I sometimes see in myself, all that I don't get done. I think I don't have time to "work out", "read", "study", "write", "journal", "serve",etc. etc. I reason that if I don't have time to "finish a project"- or do it "perfectly" then I can't even start it at all.
BUT- if I just do a little bit each day, and not think of having to have it all done at once. If I just read a little, and study a little, and not make it a bigger deal than it needs to be. Spend 15 minutes sorting through a pile. Spend a few minutes to write a note.
When I start to do something, like write a note, I think of so many people to write to, or that I want to let know that I appreciate them that I overwhelm myself into not doing anything, when if I would just write 1, just 1, then the next day write another. Over a week, I would have written 7.
Last month I listened to a world wide broadcast at church- and I wrote this in my notes...
We need to realize that we are NOT perfect, we are trying to become.
and this ...
A perfect family in this life is one that keeps working on it.
When I wake up, and apply "poco a poco"- it is amazing how much better I feel, and actually am able to get accomplished.
I also think that as I do this, I am able to prioritize better, weed things out of my life, and make room for new things.
Small steady movements over the course of a day. Sometimes we make big pushes, but for the most part it is those small steady movements, just keep on moving. A little bit at a time.