thinking & interruptions ...

The thought that I wasn't thinking enough all started while I was home for Christmas. I spend a lot of time with my sister Ali and her brood of chilluns. She seems to always be running - whether it be to their million different activities every day, helping with homework, making dinner, and the countless other things that fill her days. After a great day with her, I was reading a post from an equally busy mom of 5 who wrote this - it's worth a read. The quote that she shared hit like a punch from Mike Tyson:

"When you are exasperated by interruptions, try to remember that their very
frequency may indicate the value of your life. Only people who are full of help and
strength are burdened by other persons' needs. The interruptions which we chafe at are
the credentials of our indispensability. The greatest condemnation that anybody could
incur - and it is a danger to guard against - is to be so independent, so unhelpful, that
nobody ever interrupts us, and we are left comfortably alone."
-Anonymous, from The Anglican Digest

Isn't that so good! I often find myself so busy and consumed with all of the demands that life places on me. Then I look at my sister with her 5 beautiful kids and realize that life isn't going to get any less hectic. It is only going to compound and with it, so will I. But it is important to remember that it although we are often pulled a million different directions all at once, those pulling us every which way need us. They make life worth living.

While I was mulling this around in my brain, I also realized that in order to be of the best service to those around me, I need to be at my personal best. I need to spend more time thinking, pondering, and finding out what is most precious to me. So that's what I am going to do. I am going to improve myself and start really thinking again. Wish me luck - I hope I like what I find!

1 comment:

aLi said...

Kate, that really is a sucker punch. My jaw dropped. This needs to be imprinted into my brain. Good quote, thank you.

p.s. LOVE your Christmas post! Beautiful pictures, sounds like you had so much fun!!!