I saw a quote today that said, “You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.”
Learning to calm yourself is an important life skill, especially because it is so easy to let the sometimes hectic pace of life run over you during the busy seasons. However, an equally important skill is learning to live in the midst of the storm.
Sometimes when I get really busy, I think “Oh, this is just a season. It will pass soon.” For a time I let the busyness run over everything else in my life, including proper sleep, eating, exercise, and time spent alone with Jesus. When the storm passes I find myself completely exhausted, overworked, overtired, and very very grumpy.
There are times when we are called to focus on one task and do all it takes until it is completed, but that is not always the answer. The pace of my life is changing and I am discovering that the “season of busyness” is my “new normal”.
If you find yourself in a time such as this, I encourage you not to think it will pass. It might eventually pass, but none of us knows how long it will last. Don’t ditch everything else in hopes of getting through, this is not a sustainable way of living or a safe way to live. Balance is key. As hard as it can be, sometimes I need to say “No” or “Wait” on certain projects or to certain people in order to maintain balance. Trust me, I rarely get it perfect! But I am always trying because I know that it will be worth it.
“The secret of change is to focus all your energy on building the new, not fighting the old.” ~Unknown
“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” Mark 13:32