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Learning to make the most of every day in 2014

1/29/2014

Ralph Waldo Emerson said "write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."

Ralph Waldo Emerson said "write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."

Each day we should wake up looking forward to another great new day. When tomorrow arrives, today is gone forever, so don't let a good day pass without enjoying the many wonderful things it had to offer.

The New Year came and time is marching right along. If you made resolutions, I hope you've had good luck keeping the goals you set for yourself on New Year's Day.

Now for me, I don't make resolutions because I'm always disappointed when I fail to keep them. What I do is make a list of things I have to find time to do, then divide them into three categories: Must do (has a deadline date); what I have promised to do (organizational responsibilites I signed up for); and what I hope to find time to do (rest, relaxation, reading and writing).

Sounds like a good plan, but I find there aren't enough hours in each day or enough days in the month to do it all.

I keep telling myself I need to slow down and cut back, but I just can't decide where to start.

I've asked the Lord for help, telling him I enjoy all the responsibilities I have accepted and love the people I work with. I just can't find time to do my best.

I ran across an article by Glenn Hascall in the January issue of Southwest Kansas Faith and Family that said "a person needs to adopt a policy of 'Holy Subtraction' throughout their life," which means to look over your commitments, readjust priorities and subtract things that don't allow you to reach your best. This subtration policy has the ability to simplify your life and let you do a few great things, not settling for many that are only good. With God's help. I'm going to give "holy subtraction" a try.

I begin each day reading my devotions. Last Friday, one of the readings spoke directly to me. "In the Women Who Do Too Much" daily reading,

Anne Wilson Schaef wrote, "Women who do too much tend to develop a habit of busyness. Habits are like ruts. The more we practice them, the deeper they get. The deeper they get, the harder they are to crawl out of. The harder they are to crawl out of, the less freedom we have to make choices, the more difficult and unpleasant our lives become. Beware of forming ruts." I pray the Lord can help me crawl out of the rut I'm in.

Another thing I'm working on is to find a solution to reduce the junk mail that fills my mail box each day. Sometime in the future, I'll write about my results on this project.

The Hays Meal Site is planning a Sunday potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Hays Nutrition Center, 2450 E. Eighth. You are invited to attend, bring a dish to share, enjoy the food and conversation, and play bingo.

I also invite everyone to attend the annual Ground Hog Supper at St. John Lutheran Church, 6 miles north of Ellis. Come enjoy all the sausage, scrambled eggs and pancakes you can eat. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. A goodwill offering will be used for the women of the Lutheran church's projects. Hope to see you there.

A friend suggested I learn to delegate some of my many responsibilities. So if I ask you to give me a hand, you'll know I'm working on simplifying my workload and need your help.

I agree with this quote by Sebastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort, "The most wasted day of all is that one which we have not laughed."

Opal Flinn is a member of the Generations advisory

committee.