Monday, October 24, 2011

The way that I should go

This weekend I met with a bit of unexpected freedom.  I was too busy to blog.  And I was okay with that.

"You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry. Don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way." - Walter Hagen

I know that sounds silly but because of my somewhat obsessive nature, I had placed this regulation upon myself months ago that I would blog every day.   I make up imaginary rules for myself, sewing patterns of  pointless, restrictive routine.  Taking the fun and the good out of it all.

I haven't figured out what all prompts me into these sort of actions but I'm guessing it has to do with some need for control.  And perfection.  And that perfection drive was dealt with these last couple days as well.  Trying to calculate my final grade for the class I'm in, I realized that I'd forgotten to turn in two homework assignments two weeks ago.  I had completed the assignments but never submitted them.  Fifteen points in the class gone.  My 4.0 wiped out.  And, yeah, that's a bummer.  But I think there's a lesson there.  Striving for perfection is just plain stupid.  I'm not perfect.  And why do I need to be?  What is a 4.0 going to matter in Heaven?  Or even in life for that matter?  Why do I add worries and requirements and rules to my life that God doesn't?

At times (many times) by brain seems to feed off chaotic, flitting and compulsive thoughts.

My soul and my body do not.

And so I'm choosing to take heed what God taught me this weekend.  To slow down, to take off all that hinders, to let the Spirit rather than the flesh lead.

And this means my blogging may be spotty.  So what.  Nothing depends on it.  I will come here but only as the Spirit leads.

"Let me know the way that I should go,
   because I long for you...
Teach me to do your will, because you are my God.
May your good Spirit lead me on level ground.." Psalm 143: 8,10

"...let us throw off everything that hinders..." Hebrew 12:1

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  1. I am with you thankfully we can post photos without saying anything just like what I do this time. ^_^

    Blue Bridge

  2. Sounds like a good plan Nicole. No that you are surely not alone in this whole perfection "thing." We all do it at one time or another, but we do not all recognize when enough is enough.

    I truly enjoyed reading your post today, and I thank you for sharing it at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a great evening!


  3. I have to say, at some point, I just had to post on my blog every day,but it got to that point, that I didn't enjoy blogging,now I post whenever I have time and it is much more fun that way :))
    have a good week

  4. Wisely spoken. Hopefully one day I will get to where you are.

  5. Okay...seriously. Why did you have to go and write a post about me? LOL Sounds like you were talking about ME! Thanks for the encouragement, and thank you for linking up with Evatt's Beautiful Mess!

  6. Food for thought!

  7. Sometimes I get burned out from blogging too! I only post when I really want to!

  8. A valuable lesson we all should learn. After all, at the end of life, no one probably says, "I wish I'd worked more," or "I'm glad I was a perfectionist." Hope you enjoyed all the flowers.

  9. Blogging is supposed to be fun and therapeutic, so if you need a break, take one. Nothing bad can come of focusing in on the things that are most important in this life. It will make you a better writer in the long run anyway. Not to mention the time it frees up for other things! That said, I absolutely put pressure on myself and "make up rules for myself too." Sigh. Are you a Virgo like me, by any chance? ;)

  10. Kim, yes, I'm grateful that there are so many photography outlets for the days I don't feel like writing!

  11. Ewa, yes, whenever we add pressure to something the fun fades.