I've been thinking the past few days about an article Kristi Holl wrote in her newsletter http://institutechidrenslit.net/Writers-First-Aid-Blog Even those who aren't writers will appreciate her post titled "Dismount" September 30, 2009. Kristi includes a great quote by Dr. Joyce Meyer that illustrates her thoughts on the importance of cutting the dead wood from our lives. But I'll let you read that for yourself!Anyway, think about this. How many of us have seen a forest of Lodgepole Pine or Fir trees so thick with dead brush we can barely distinguish the individual growth? Hence, the adage "you can't see the forest for the trees" probably applies to most of our busy and often hectic lives. Is there anyone who hasn't overloaded their plate with things that other people want us to do? Who hasn't burned the mid-night oil trying to work on a personal project, only to end up too tired to be creative after working, volunteering, or taking care of family responsibilites?
Kristi wrote that she made a list of things to possibly be cut from her schedule. It's a bit like cleaning out an overstuffed garage. Once the old, unused clutter is gone, there's enough space to see the things we actually want to keep!
Sorting out overdue tasks and unfinished projects might be a place to start. Eliminating unproductive habits and learning to say no to requests could be a little more difficult. Now I'm not talking about neglecting our families, important events with friends or meetings at work. But it may help to say no that extra volunteer postition and details at home or the office that aren't essential. Having said all this, I think I'll start my list today and put it somewhere that I'll see often, to check up on how well I'm doing!