Last night I endured yet another cold, lonely night without Rick, who was at a medical school interview. BYU-TV kept me company while I worked on our family Christmas cards. On TV, Sharon Larsen was giving a talk. She told a little story about a phone conversation that she had with her dad. She went on and on to her dad about how busy she was and all the deadlines and tasks she had to meet and accomplish. He listened to her tirade and then said, "You know, Sharon, it doesn't take much to keep some people busy." Her point was, of course, that she was filling her life with so many "important" things that she was forgetting about the really important things.
Now, this got me thinking. I graduated from college 3 months ago now. When I was in school, I spent a ridiculous number of hours per day studying. I also worked part time, volunteered, etc. I was busy! I assumed that once I graduated, I would have all the time in the world to catch up on all the other things I'd put off when I was studying.
Here's the big surprise: life has NOT gotten any less busy!! I am currently working doing research and also babysitting a few hours a week. Life should be so simple! But somehow things always pop up that require my full time and attention, leaving me getting about the same amount of sleep and down time as I had when I was in school. Weird!!
The moral of the story: I've recently learned that we can't live our lives just waiting and hoping for a time when we're not so busy!! We'll always be busy; we just have to make sure we are busying ourselves doing GOOD things. (Or, not just good, but even better, and then the BEST things!) I think it's also important that we leave time to recognize God's hand in our lives. (For example, on Sunday morning as I left the apartment for a meeting, I just had the feeling I should leave the door unlocked. Turns out neither Rick nor I had our keys with us, and we would have been locked out! I wasn't too busy to realize that I had had a little help with the thought to leave it unlocked.)
Just a little thought... now, on with our busy lives!!