As a student (and co-author) of The Holistic You, I try to balance the various important sections of my life, my personal 5Fs: faith, family, finances, friendships and fitness. Of course, that doesn’t mean dividing my day, week, month, or year into five equal sections. It means keeping a mental diary and making sure that each area is receiving enough attention.
Sometimes, of course, one part of our life needs almost our full focus and other parts need to take second—or fifth—place. We may be overflowing with prayers of gratitude after the birth of a baby, but those prayers will be uttered by an exhausted mom between feedings and diaper changes. Starting a new job may require missing a close friend’s celebration, while we may need to turn down a career opportunity in order to nurture our marriage. We can face conflict even within each of the five categories. How many of us are tugged between the needs of our children and our parents, or among the demands of individual children and the whole family’s well-being? Our lives become juggling acts and some of the spinning plates on sticks can start wobbling alarmingly and unexpectedly.
I am at such a point now. One of our daughters is facing a health crisis. My role as her mother and my identity as grandmother to her children is my focus. In clearing my days to be available for these duties. I will be taking a hiatus from this column for the next few weeks. I don’t do this lightly. I have written my Musings for over ten years and rarely missed a week. I love sharing my thoughts with you and so many of you reply with your own ideas in the comment section or when we (used to) meet in public.
If time and energy allow, I may post sporadically or our wonderful team may rerun some previous years’ Musings. I didn’t want to ‘disappear’ without letting you know what’s going on. We have seen “hugs” from God already and we are confident that He is in control and guiding our family through this challenge.
Thank you for your prayers and warm wishes.
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