Monday, 30 May 2011

Slow down you move too fast


I've had that song stuck in my head for a while now:
Slow down, you move too fast

You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobble stones.

Looking for fun and feelin' groovy  {Simon and Garfunkel} 
I have been feeling like I have been on a merry go round and things have been spinning out of control around me. I wanted to shout "STOP the world I want to get off!" I was busy, busy, busy but seemed to get nothing done.This month I experienced burnout.

I am tired all the time and didn't seem to be having very much fun as a result. My boys on the other hand love to have fun. They are rarely in a hurry and always seem to be looking for and finding fun.



 Sometimes I don't get around to the school work that I would like to get done because the boys don't want to stop the game they have come up with. Today they are playing restaurants. Leader Boy Warrior has been making me cups of teas all day and Courageous Boy Warrior has been taking down the order and bringing the order to me.

Today I didn't stop their role play game to do the usual school schedule. I let them play. The restaurant has expanded to include a toy shop. In the process of play they have been using Maths (calculating how much things cost and counting change), SOSE (studying people in different jobs ) and English (writing and spelling orders).

I learn a lot from my children. Lately I am learning to slow down. I am learning that if we don't finish reading that book within a certain time frame, we can finish it tomorrow. I am learning to stop and really listen to them, not just half-listen while my attention is on something else.  I am learning to take a deep breath  and to be fully in the moment.

Because of my bad run with fatigue over the last month, I have been taking stock of things in my life that use up my energy. I have decided to delete my Facebook account as I realised that it was consuming too much of my thoughts, time and energy. I have been blaming my Hashimoto's Disease for my lack of energy.....but am now beginning to think that it may just be plain busyness that is contributing mostly to my fatigue.

Reading an article on Adrenal Fatigue last week, I realised that I had all the symptoms listed. Looking over the list, most women I talk to complain about the symptoms. So maybe we're all just too busy? The cure for Adrenal Fatigue? 10 hours sleep a night (amongst other things). Most women are not getting the required 7-9 hours sleep needed for the body to function normally. And on top of not getting enough sleep, we are busier than we need to be.

So I will be slowing down.
I will learn to say "No" to things.
I will be making sure I am in bed by 9.30pm every night and staying there until 7am.
I will make sure that I give myself time in the evening to unwind and relax to ensure that I don't have a restless sleep.
I will be eliminating extra stress in my life.
If a great opportunity comes along, I will pray about it and ask Him if I have been commissioned to do this for this season.

A FULL life is great when you know what you are doing is commissioned by Him. But a BUSY life not commissioned by Him, can lead to burnout....like I have been experiencing. I need to learn to 'stick to the program' and do the task that He has commissioned me for in this season, rather than say "Yes" out of guilt or out of striving. 

If I slow down and do what He has asked me to do in this season, then :
  • my body will have the opportunity to heal
  • I will achieve my commission for this season
  • I will be able to do what is required of me in the next season
If I don't slow down.........well, that's not an option anymore. I can't keep going like this.

I believe we women can have it all.......just not all at once.
I am learning to live in the season I am in.

I got no deeds to do
No promises to keep
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep

Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life I love you, all is groovy  {Simon and Garfunkel}
 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. {Ecclesiastes 3:1,9-11}
 
 
Still taking lessons from the King,



5 comments:

  1. Hey Jo, Have missed you, praying that you will find rest! Love me! xxx

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  2. Oh sooooooooo very good!
    Just exactly where I'm at right now too.

    X

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  3. Thanks for that reminder. I need to do the same.

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  4. Very true! I've had to learn to say NO even when it's difficult but it's so worth it! your family are more important in this season of your life. I've been tempted to be more involved in stuff (ministry) but I know that I know that will come later (though I do a bit already) but right now God, Family, Homeschooling come first second and third and ministry is fourth for me:) It has helped me put numbers next to them to know when to say yes and when to say no:)

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  5. God always seems to lead me where I need to find an answer from Him and today it's in your post. I have been so, so , so tired and now I realise I am so, so busy too. I leave the house every morning by 8.30am Mon-Sun with everything from school, kindy, sports and church I feel like there is little time for rest.
    But I know that God requires that I rest in Him and pull down from the resources from heaven.

    I too need to check that I am only doing what He has called me to in this season. I have been battling with fatigue and the doctor has done all the tests for iron, B12 etc etc but they all come back normal. So from his point of view its the depression (again) and that I need to be back on Effexor. I have been struggling with this truly being the answer.

    Thank you for another great post helping me put things back into perspective, that maybe I am too busy and operating out of some of my own strength on things that are excess in this season for me.

    His grace is sufficient for me and He does have a life for me free of depression and medication I just have to remember it and be impervious to the 'winds' that are trying to tell me otherwise.

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Love,
Jo Princess Warrior xo