It is not getting everything done first,
or winning a big race.
It is not comparing yourself
or beating another’s pace.
It is not killing yourself
to keep a spotless house,
overscheduled and overwhelmed,
putting pressure on your spouse.
Working too hard is just as bad
as lazy, lethargic waste.
Keeping the big picture firmly in my mind,
the truth must be faced
That life IS now,
and so if I constantly
overshedule and hurry,
I will lose in life along the way.
Others will not feel I care
or take the time to talk.
I may not even be there
for the ones that need me most
for intimate, quiet times
for simple, homemade meals together
for lullabies and nursery rhymes.
© 2013 DarEll S. Hoskisson
The quote above I attribute to my most awesome first pilates teacher, Annia Reyes. It is quite possible that others have said it before her and if you know of another the quote originally came from, you can please let me know.
I quote it here because to me it is such a perfect reminder of what we are trying to WIN at, and that often it is not what I think will make me happy that does.
Today I find myself overscheduled. Yet, I still try to fit everything in, including writing my poem today. In the big picture, I should have let it go, it is overstressing my life. But, I find, even knowing better I can not resist the temptation to try to get 100% of my goal to write a poem each day this month.
And so, I have determined in the future to write my goals more specifically and with a range of success that leaves room for honestly living my priorities and not over-stressing my self or my family. See my post Consistent for more thoughts on how it might be done. –dsh