Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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.


Hilary said...

I completely LOVE your thoughts on this. Thank you... :O) What a fabulous reminder.

Meghan said...

You are always so wise. Thanks for being willing to share your thoughts (and recipes.)

April said...

I really liked this. I am the same way. All of the little things can add up and seem so overwhelming that you don't even know where to begin...That usually adds up to me not doing anything at all.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I scrolled down past your SP for this week. This is a perspective I need to be reminded of from time to time, and as my house chores and to do list today are massive- today was just the day to read it. Thanks!