Have you been trying to convince others that you need to take time for yourself?
Have you been trying to convince yourself that you need to take time for yourself?
Are you frustrated by your lack of progress?
Well, there comes a time when we say ‘enough is enough’. Is this your time?
Let me tell you about my ‘enough is enough’ experience. I was working as a pastor in a small church in a small community. The church, as often happens in a small church, was run by a family that everyone wanted to keep happy – including me. The thinking was that if we kept them happy, we would be happy. How wrong we were or, at least I can say, how wrong I was.
The more we tried to keep them happy, the more they demanded. Until one day when they drew a line in the sand and dared me to cross over it. And without hesitation and full of indignation I took one giant step over it and put them on notice from that point on I would determine my future and not them.
Are you ignoring your own needs in order to care for everyone else? Are you trying to keep people happy by accommodating their demands at your own detriment? Is it time for you to step over the line in the sand? Is it time for you to say ‘enough is enough’ to someone in your life, to a situation, or to an old pattern of thinking that is keeping you stuck?
What I found when I took that step for my own well-being was that the rest of the church benefited along with me. It was an eye-opener. If you don’t take the time you need to keep yourself sane, healthy and whole, who will? And who will benefit when you step up and over that imaginary line in the sand that keeps you from being as strong as you can be? What wonderful new things will come into your life because you took time for yourself?