Another of my favorite cabinet quotes:
Drop thy still dews of quietness
till all our strivings cease;
take from our lives the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of Thy peace.
- John Greenleaf Whittier
Why are our lives so often not ordered? I think when mine is not it’s often because I’m afraid to say ‘no’ or I’m afraid of what other people will think (failure). So, this year I want to purposefully say no to the things that are not highest on my priority list and focus on the things that are. That means, for me, less computer time, less writing. More keeping up with my house, more making soup, more sitting on the couch reading with my kids.
How about you? What things have you cut out to have a more ordered, less stressful life?
I love this.
Thanks Lisa! This is something I really have to be aware of because I tend to take on too much, but I almost never regret it when I say “no” in order to make room for the things that are really most important.