Do you wilt or thrive when you’re busy?
If you’re an introvert, you wilt. If you’re an extrovert, you thrive. I’m an introvert, so…you guessed it…I’m a droooooopy juggler today.
My life has been circus-like for the past couple of months! I’ve been planning surprise parties, hosting book clubs and art groups, entertaining out-of-town guests, and undergoing invasive medical tests – plus working three jobs, learning how to draw, and listening for God’s voice in the din.
It’s a lot, but it taught me two ways to blossom when I’m busy…
Schedule blocks of solitude
I chose not to attend my nephew’s ball games because they involve two hours of travel time, rowdiness, and too much noise. I love my nephew, but needed to prioritize my needs over trying to make other people happy.
The cost of scheduling blocks of “me time” is the judgment of others. But, as I shared in How to Blossom When You’re Criticized, sometimes judgment is the price of admission.
See with the eyes of a child
The second way I blossom when busy is to open my eyes. I’m learning how to observe, take note, become aware, and see with the wise and compassionate eyes of Jesus. Just see what is happening without judging or condemning.
I quiet my thoughts, still my emotions, calm my ego, and focus my attention – even in the midst of a loud family dinner or busy work meeting. I listen for the Holy Spirit’s prompts. I make room so God has space to whisper, nudge, lead, and guide me.
Simply observing with the wide, uncritical, innocent eyes of a child – without arguing or demanding that things be different they are – keeps me calm and grounded. I blossom a little more every time I observe without judging.
What about you? How do you thrive even when you feel too busy to take care of yourself?
I’m happy to hear from you! Feel free to share your thoughts to my weekly messages. I can’t give advice, but I’m always delighted to get your comments :-)
Blessings and Blossoms,
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