These days I am looking for ways to pare down in life, to waste less time, to focus on what is truly important.
You know, so that I have time and the energy and the desire to smile and really listen when I’ve been “interrupted” again by the people I love. So that I can carry out the things that need carrying out. So that I have space just to rest and be.
When I have frittered my time, throwing it to the wind, or wasted my energy on things that I shouldn’t, it makes for a harried life.
For me, energy and time drainers are not necessarily big things. Checking this blog one too many times. Lack of planning, so I end up making two trips to the store instead of one. Allowing myself to ruminate about a situation that I have no control over (thankfully, this happens far less often than it did in years gone by). Yet, these little things add up in a big way over the course of a day, a week, a month, a year.
SO, my prayer of late has been, “Teach me to number my steps.” Kind of like the psalmist when he prayed, “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” That too. Living in the awareness of the brevity of life (which I am really beginning to see in my 30’s), I want every step I take to be intentional and have meaning.