It happens to most of us over time.
One person asks you to be on a committee, another one requests a small on-going commitment at work, then another. Someone invites you to be a part of a group or class you’ve hoped you could join for awhile. These are all good things in our lives. And we say yes.
And then over time, a health crisis occurs in our family, routine chores mount up, we work longer hours trying to “catch up,” and before we know it we are only a shell of our true selves.
We’ve skipped any exercise we used to do, we don’t eat very healthy because its easier to pick up fast food and snacks. Our sleep is interrupted and our connection with God is reduced to a whispered prayer of desperation, “Help!” People who care about us notice that we are more grumpy than usual. We are less productive.
We can wait until we get sick, or those we love get sick of us. We can wait until the guilt of unfulfilled promises overwhelms us, or we can make changes. Sweeping changes. It is our choice.
For some of us it is time to get out the calendar, or maybe make a list of every commitment we have made in our lives to family, work, friends, to God, and more.
Start making phone calls, talk to people face to face, and send emails.
Don’t apologize for choosing to take care of yourself. This is necessary and good. They will get over it and find someone else with time. Trust me.
We ask the question again, “What are the most important priorities in our lives?”
For some of us it is time to start over. Yes, some people will be disappointed in our news.
But we know deep within our being that the time is now, and we will breathe and live again.
Let us begin, together.