Last week I was busy at home and work, undertaking a number of projects. I was a little stressed (and felt sorry for myself) on a few of the days. This resulted in me being rather cranky with my husband and children – something I am not happy about. My tolerance levels were surprisingly low.
I have a rule in our home which I seem to be the only one that follows; everything should have a place. So much so that if for some reason we had no light I should be able to retrieve items from various spots in the house. What are the chances of that some may say…………..
I am happy for our children to have their toys out during the day but once the clock hits 7pm, I need them to be packed and in their rightful places. When I say need – I mean need!
Come 8pm, I like my children to be tucked up in bed so I can have an element of an evening. I rarely watch television, only specific programmes but use this time to relax and be me – not mummy. I recall the evangalist Joyce Meyer stating in one of her books that when young her children complained when she locked herself in the closet daily to pray and take time out. Her response was;
“You should be thankful I am in this closet – you would not want to be around me if I did not take this time out”.
My first thought was – yes, this is me!
I would say I am a reflective individual and am constantly assessing my behaviour. I am hard on myself especially when I have offended someone or made a mistake. I look at ways in which I can develop on my character in the areas I do not like. I try not to become irritated with myself when I display the same behaviours over and over again.
I find the following activities assist with bringing a balance to my life:
1. Reading the bible first thing in the morning
2. Praying first thing in the morning
3. Walking – especially when the air is crisp
4. Writing my thoughts down on paper
5. Listening to music .
6. Watching my favourite film with my husband
7. Taking the children out for the day – does not have to be expensive trips.
How do you bring a balance to your life?
Do you participate in any particular hobbies?