This is a guest article written by Angela Davis Jarrett:
I’m sure there are many of us who find ourselves ingrained in the everyday effort to have it all and to be all things. We constantly juggle work, family, church and friends, rarely declining an invitation to dinner, to become room mother, to join an alliance or to volunteer for that “career altering” project at work. All the while, having the responsibilities of running a household and chauffeuring children.
While connection to and fellowship with others is both necessary and nourishing, we sometimes need to stop and clearly assess why we are doing what we’re doing. Have you ever thought to yourself, “I really need to slow down a bit” Or “I desperately need some ME time”? A healthy exercise to undertake would be to envision yourself as an entity (corporation) and to devise your very own mission statement or statement of purpose. If what you are doing, doesn’t contribute to your mission or replenish your spirit, perhaps it is best to just say “no”. Keep in mind, saying no is not always negative. Sometimes we need to say “no” to what we’ve always done so that we can say “yes” to new opportunities, people and experiences.
What are your dreams? How do you honor what you are passionate about? Are you living your life to the fullest or are you filling your life with “busy work”? How can you begin today to give your time, energy and talent to the things and people that matter most to you? Start anew and reaffirm that you will make a difference in your life and the lives of others by cultivating the quality of your efforts rather than multiplying the quantity of your commitments. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” When we fill our time with meaningless activity rather than focusing on our “mission” and living our lives on purpose, we can’t speak to and act on the things that matter the most.
What will you say “no” to today so that you can begin to say “yes” to a purpose-filled life? I’d love to hear from you!