I was thinking today about how activities are like circles in our lives: that circle that is a place of worship and all its corresponding activities, this circle that is a beautiful homeschooling group, here is a circle for the activities of this child and here is a circle for the activity of that child…
The circles can be beautiful, like overlapping flower petals..But they can also be so numerous that the center of the circles, the family, is dissected into little bits.
Many times all the activities themselves are good and are worthy, but there can just be too many circles. When there are no free afternoons in the week, and hardly any free weekends, there is just too much. Sometimes we have to say “NO”, even to the good and the worthy, in order to say “YES” to our family life. “YES” to being able to have the time and space to just be. “YES” to having the time and space to just connect.
Some families don’t face this issue; but I know many who do, especially as their children become older and they have multiple children going in different directions.
Take out your calendar, and mark off two days a work week and one weekend day, just to BE. Your family will thank you.
Please share what you are doing right now to make your simplify your life so you have more time with your family in a present and loving way.