Blogger: Mary Keeley
May has always been a killer month for me. Family sports schedules, dentist appointments, end-of-year music concerts, graduations, bridal showers, you name it. Not to mention preparing for writers conferences and writing and work deadlines. And the fridge is empty. When can I squeeze in a trip to the grocery store? The added pressure interferes with creative thought and productivity when we’re, in my spin on the term, full plate living.
Those are good things, all of them, and most of the time I thrive on a packed schedule. You’ve heard Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “If you want something done [quickly], ask a busy person.” But like too much coffee or chocolate, too many good things at once cause even the strongest heart rate to react. I chide myself when I allow the collision between the extras on my calendar and my time constraints to stress me out and remember to thank God because they are blessings, not disruptions. Maybe you can relate.
A Time for Reflection
It might seem counter productive to schedule a day away from my normal work during this of all months, but actually I’ve found the practice to be a safeguard. A time for reflection and to regain perspective. I’ve spent the first months of the year full plate living in the context of work, moving from task to task and event to event. Left unchecked, life can become robotic, even when time is set aside for Bible reading and prayer, because that, too, can become robotic. It’s a dangerous condition for any of us involved in Christian publishing because we lose touch with deep human emotions. They are the conduit that connects writers with your readers, those whom you are passionate to minister to through your books.
Safeguard Your Writing Life by Taking a Day Off.
That is, invest a day away for reflection and to listen for God’s direction, especially during your busiest seasons. Time spent in prayer for his empowering and his wisdom makes a lot of sense for a successful writing life.
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
What is your busiest time of the year? In what ways do you relate to full plate living and the stress it produces?
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