How to make life work for you, how to align the expectations of life with your abilities, how success breeds success, how to be as fully unimpeded as possible, not in denial of the reality that difficult trials will come, but that you avoid unnecessary distraction and stress and worry so as to be as fully engaged and energized as possible, in order to meet the demands and trials that do come.
It’s possible, and perhaps common within the frantic pace of our era, to become overwhelmed simply by the daily and normal expectations of life, being thinned out and picked apart by small things, all the while ignoring the Real Matters (spirituality, relationships, etc.), leaving them without thought because there is somehow no more time in the day. And instead of growing stronger through these daily stresses, like building muscles, we are increasingly exhausted and discouraged by them, like an injury of repetitive motion.
And we feel powerless to change things, blaming the complex and innumerable outside incidences that bombard us, all the while being blind to that true solution, which is of course so much bigger and far beyond what our minds are currently churning over.
It is so hard to let go of all that somehow, even though I believe it makes us physically sick, and makes us emotionally mean. How do we get above it? Onto a different level of living? It’s not like we can forget about rent and the daily commute, refuse to care about being late or overcharged or taken advantage of. And yet …
The blessings of the minds and hearts God has given us are wasted if we have no time to use them in the ways that Really Matter. I believe there are things we can do to make life easier, listed below, and would love to hear your ideas as well.
- Live simply
- Drive safely
- Plan ahead
- Stop procrastination
- Focus on what we can do today, instead of worrying about tomorrow
- Get enough sleep
- Make deliberate and thoughtful decisions
- Stay firmly rooted in reality
- Let go of expectations
- Let go of the need for control