Part of my personality tells me that I can do everything. At once. Well, I’ve been doing some personal discovery lately and it’s just been brought to my attention, again, that I cannot do everything that interests me. That part of me that insists that there’s enough time in the day to explore all of my interests is not so happy right now. My husband likes to tell me that I’ve always got something to do. That’s because I find so many things interesting or worthy of my time. As you can imagine that means I have too many projects going at any given time. While things do get done, I just can’t do all the things I want. Thus I can’t do everything.
I do tend to finish what I start. That’s the good news here. What I don’t get to do is explore all of my interests. Anybody else have this problem?
There are only 24 hours in a day. I often hear, “If only there were more hours in the day…” My response is please don’t extend the day. It’s long enough for me to have too much to do on a daily basis. If we added 4, 6, 8 hours to the day, then I would simply add to my list of things that I want to do or experience. See my problem here?
With this interest in so many things, ideas, hobbies, etc, I have to be picky about which I choose to give my time. This is the hardest part. This time of year, I would love to be in the yard creating the garden of my dreams. I also want to spends hours each day practicing yoga. Most days a hike sounds good. Oh, I have a business that needs some attention so that it can grow like I want it to grow. I can’t forget that I’d like to spend some time with my family. Time alone sounds really good. I could work on a craft or do some cooking to have for the rest of the week. My list could go on and on.
What I have to do is make lists and then prioritize what I really need to do, leaving some space for fun in my life as well. A few weeks ago, I wrote about what my truth is right now. Well, knowing what my truth is leads me to knowing how to prioritize my activities on any given day. By knowing what is important to myself, then I can let go of the ideas that don’t really serve me in that particular moment. Sure spending all day in the yard sounds like fun, but if my truth is that I want to spend more time with my family, then maybe I need to pick an activity that includes them as well.
I can’t do everything that sounds like a good idea. I hate admitting that sometimes. It just seems wrong to not explore all of my interests. Even though, these are all great ideas (at least in my own head) I have to pick and choose. If I don’t get a little picky, then I end up exhausted and not getting much done. I’m scattered and frustrated. Narrowing my focus lets me spend time on what’s most important to me. By following my own truth, I’m actually supporting myself.
So, knowing what my truth is leads me to knowing how to put that truth into action. It leads me forward on my path. I know the next step to take and I know the direction that I’m moving.
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I completely understand and relate. I also do have a lot of interests that would like to pursue but have to pick and choose. I am going through a Yoga teacher training. I love gardening, so a year ago, I started a Landscape Design training to educate my self in depth. I have two kids in high school, a full and very active life and I work full time, a conventional job in an office. Very often I have to choose between activities and manage my time. My latest realization is that everything I want to do has to do with helping people heal through nutrition, rehabilitation in nature, yoga, herbs, diet. So now my path becomes apparent. My husband just built a small yoga studio and I am starting to work with my friends. Step by step the path clears up:)
Thank you for all you do. I just found your FB page today and read some of your Blogs. Good work!
Maria it sounds like you are on an incredible journey. Narrowing down our choices is sometimes the hardest part of that journey. Best of luck as you figure it out!