"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

It's at this time of a new year............I listen to the lists and resolutions

of others..............
while also pondering on what I hope to achieve with the brand new and clean slate I have been given.
And so many times, I often hear from the same ones,  later in the year..........that they did not make their resolution into a reality or that they threw that list away. I have found myself feeling the same way..............

 
But I have come to realize.........that sometimes, we have such big hopes that we try to take on and carry way too much...........


and although we work hard at our goals................we often wear ourselves out because of it all.


We often put too much on our plates.............
So go back and remember what our wise mothers use to always tell us............
Instead of piling our plates full of the wonderful things we want...............
start out small.............putting only a little at a time onto our plate...........
 
Work on organizing one corner a day in that cluttered room...........
then go back the next day and work on another corner...........
try to go one day without eating that  cookie............
then the next day, try not eating that bread............
 
weed only  a section of that garden...........
the weeds in the other part will wait and grow until the next day..........
 
if we find we want to handle more............
go get some more...............
but only in small quantities...........
then give it a rest and go back to it the next day.............


If we would try to remember that............I think we would be less overwhelmed and less exhausted,
and we might get more done..........
don't you agree?
 
Even the good Lord makes our sun go down to gently tell us...
Not so much in one day!  It's time to rest.
So here's hoping that you keep your list..........don't throw it away...........
but just check off the things that you can accomplish bit by bit..............
those big dreams............don't give them  up..............
work a little each day at making them come true!
And I'm sure they will!
 
 


14 comments:

Patty H. said...

Great advice you have given here. I tend to look at the 'whole' mountain instead of the trail in front of me.
Hope you are staying warm there.

Laurie said...

What an awesome post! I am taking it all to heart. thank-you!

Wonky Girl said...

Agree with every point you made. I kinda sorta have a list in my head of what I would like to accomplish this year. But with having fibro and so many pets it's just one day at a time. Cannot flustered with "to do" lists or my days become miserable.
You have given me great inspiration with your garden and cement working. I may try making some of my own pretty stepping stones.
Thanks!

Michaele said...

Such welcomed, wise and wonderful words.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I love these photos and your advise is great about not taking on too much of a task. I hope you stay well and have a great 2014!

Daisy said...

Wonderful advice. A little at a time will get the job done. Good luck to all of us on reaching our goals! :)

Stevie Taylor said...

Yep. Easier to knock out one thing at a time. Sometimes at the end of the day I add things to my list that I got done and check them off (picked up groceries, dropped kid off at basketball practice) just to realize I really did accomplish something, even if it wasn't anything as big as organized shed, put up all the hay. Helps me keep from getting overwhelemed. Stevie @ ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com

peggy said...

Precious!

Karen Sue said...

Thanks for the reminder. My hubby often reminds me to stop trying to fit 10#s of stuff in a 5# bucket.

Kelly_Deal said...

Refreshing post! I couldn't agree with you more!

Agrigirl said...

Terrific advice for all of us and truly defendable in terms of making change. We must have individual discreet tasks that we accomplish in order to create a real resolution. Thanks.

Debra said...

Oh yes-such good advice.

Marie said...

Such fabulous advice, and so well-written and illustrated perfectly. Like you! You are always so well-ordered and creative! But I know you go through these frustrations as we all do, and I am certainly facing many myself. It doesn't matter that I am "retired"...I have chronic fatigue so I have to sit down a lot between tasks, and DAYS will go by without things getting done I meant to do two weeks ago! :-) I needed this post! :-)

There have been some other "issues" in my life the past few months. Hopefully most of that is past. One wonderful thing is my new camera...I have joy in photographing again! :-)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Late to reading this advice, Kathleen, but totally agree. While I do. Ot make lists, I have been tackling projects a little at a time and can see progress. Good luck to you as well and a Happy New Year.