The idea of pursuing simplicity certainly isn’t new.
Socrates spoke about it.
So did Plato.
As did Henry David Thoreau.
I agree with all of them. Simplifying everyday life does give us more direction, time, and focus.
But there are seasons in life when it seems we have little control over how detailed our lives become. I’ve just gone through one of those seasons. In the last month, I’ve finished up teaching a college class; met two novel deadlines; launched my latest book; and celebrated my husband’s retirement from the Army Reserve, our oldest daughter’s graduation from college, and our youngest daughter’s graduation from high school. All of these were absolutely wonderful achievements. And none of them were “details” I could simplify.
I tired to prepare myself for this busy time. I wanted to stay centered, to live each day by faith, and to trust God with the details. Still, I had my moments when I was simply overwhelmed.
Sometimes I could find the time to pray, journal, or exercise and I’d find my balance. Other times I’d push on through and hope I didn’t swamp my family in my wake.
I haven’t found a solution to getting through extremely busy times in life without extra stress, but I know to keep those busy times to a season and not make them a way of life.
However when my next busy season rolls around, I’d like to have a few more ideas on how to manage it. Do you have any examples on how you stay balanced when life feels out of control? Please share your advice in the comments below!
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