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In Control of Our Time

October 3, 2016


Good Morning!  What is on your agenda for today?  


I have been a rebel in putting things on the calendar for so long.  I hated booking events even if they were fun because it tied me down.  I felt as if I had no control.  Why?  The things that were being put on the calendar were dictated by others who planed and put things on the calendar.  I hated it.  


In the past year I have learned in my mentor-ship program as well as other great classes that being deliberate in what I plan and put on the calendar will help me achieve MY goals.  The things I want to do will not be put off because of what other people have planed for me.  I have always been a go with the flow, let things happen as they will, don't get worked up kinda person.  As with anything though there is a need for balance.  That kind of attitude is helpful in group situations and collaboration with others, but at the same time we all need our boundaries.  I felt resentful because my things always got put by the wayside, I felt people were overstepping their boundaries.  I had to do something about it.  


Now I am much more deliberate in my actions.  I keep my calendar with me at all times.  I check to see what I have set out to do before I say "yes" to someone's request.  I follow through with my own scheduled work and events.  It is amazing.  It wasn't really that hard.  I had to look at what I wanted to be, who I really saw myself as, and built from there.  Of course I love my family and friends and want to do things with them, as well as volunteer in our community.  I just needed the balance so that I didn't feel taken advantage of or unable to pursue what I needed to pursue.  The great thing is, I have my calendar built so that I have everything I need there to keep me balanced.  When I go to see if I can volunteer or add more to my plate....I simply look to see if it falls in line with my own mission.  Easy peasy.  


I almost hate to admit that it has taken me so long to grasp this idea, but it might be helpful to share this battle I had.  I hope that my struggle and realization can help another person who might not like to rock the boat or make waves.  I realized that it wasn't making waves, it was simply setting my boundaries, boundaries that people very willingly respect.  I am now embracing the great feeling of being in more control of my time.  Have a wonderful week!  



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