A Quote and a Question

“We should not allow the good things to crowd out the best things.”

Valerie Bendt

wilting African daisy

Is there something you can trim from your To Do list? Drop from your commitments? Cull from your homeschool? ‘Coulds’ you might drop to leave room for the ‘shoulds’?


5 thoughts on “A Quote and a Question

  1. Tracey says:

    Thanks for that quote. I’ll post it beside my lists!

    Here’s a word that came to me this morning: delegate.

    I’m not very good at delegating. Somehow I always think it would be just easier to do rather than to explain what needs to be done and how. At other times I simply feel the work is my responsibility or I don’t want to burden anyone else with the task. The truth is with children ages 13, 10 and 4 and a husband who is more than willing to help I don’t have to do it all. I have a family who is happy to help I only have to give them the opportunity!

  2. ChristineMM says:

    I’m still adjusting to numerous things I cut out in 2008 including volunteer jobs I dropped as of September. We are still in the phase of living with the new lower amount of committments, and then seeing how that feels before I can re-examine the current state of affairs to see how it can be made even better, whether it is doing even less or adding something new.

    I can’t think of an example of how we have or should cut out the good stuff to make room for the best. In our family we used to suffer from doing too many good things that didn’t allow us to fully do, enjoy, or learn from the good things we were doing. We need time not just to get to the appointment, class or function but time to process what we did, time to let that new information gel and set in our minds, and time like sitting back and reflecting on what was done to enjoy it. And some of the kids HS classes require homework and we didn’t always have time to do the homework but could make it to the next class…

    Typical example is doing something, taking photos of doing it then never having time to even LOOK at the photos once they are finally downloaded off the camera. Let alone no time taken to share a photo with grandparents who never saw it or heard the story to go with it. This year I am trying to have more free time in order to not rush from one thing to the next and to have free time in between, to enjoy, think, process, and feel the gratitude for all the good we have.

  3. Michelle says:

    It’s so funny you posed this question today. I posed the same question over the weekend.
    I was finding that it was so easy to keep busy and not as easy to not be busy.

    In the end, I chose the less familiar ground(:

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