First Things First

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It's the Christmas season and everybody is busy, bustling around, shopping, baking, wrapping, singing, going to concerts or to see displays of pretty lights or visit Santa.  It can be a little crazy at times as a working wife and mother, trying to balance everything.  

I love Christmas.  I love the crisp chill in the air.  I love the music.  I love baking and eating all the yummy treats.  I enjoy picking gifts for my loved ones. I enjoy picking the tree and decorating.  I even enjoy the gift wrapping and card writing.  What I don't enjoy is how all of these things can be so consuming. 

At times it seems like everything else in life has to take a pause while we "do Christmas".  I find that I don't have time to exercise, to read, to blog, to play games with my family, to clean my house, to do just about anything that I normally do, other than the bare necessities.  I know this isn't right.  I know there has to be a better way, but I still haven't figured it out.

I was talking with my son in the car yesterday, on our way home from the mall, and we were discussing this topic. How do we find time to do all the things that we need to do and want to do?  Not just at Christmas, but throughout the year. There are so many things in my life I want to work on, but there really isn't a lot of free time in my day.  

Then my son, who is 16, shared his wisdom with me.  He told me to pick one thing and do that. Make that one thing your priority until it becomes habit, just part of who you are and part of your daily routine. Then if you want, you can try adding the next thing.

His statement impacted me although this was nothing new.  I had heard this before, I had probably said it before, but what hit me me was the simplicity of the suggestion.  It wasn't 7 easy steps to organize your life, or 5 ways to maximize your time.  It was simple and direct. Pick the one, most important one to you, and do that first. Make time for that one thing every day. 

So that's my plan.  As I scurry around preparing for Christmas with everyone else, I will make sure to make time for my one thing, my focus.  I'll take it easy on myself and not beat myself up about the things I don't get done.  Instead, I'll be kind to myself and I'll enjoy the season with my family.

I hope you"ll do the same.

Merry Christmas!