When a Pressing Schedule Threatens to Rob Me


Louisville is full of facades that have been preserved.
I don’t want to become one of them, just a face with no substance behind it.

I had a nightmare that I invited a bunch of writers to my house for a weekend retreat but had a conflicting commitment to serve lasagna at church and kept running back and forth between home and church, passing refugees as I went. Also, really nasty laundry was piling up on the kitchen counter. Is this just dream soup or a sign I’m doing too much?

My friend Charlie cautioned me two weeks ago about burnout. I’m not usually on the receiving end of such warnings. I take great care in knowing my limits and keeping a balanced calendar with breathing space. And yet, knowing pride goes before a fall, I considered his words.

I am presently involved in 2 12-week things that are running concurrently. I’m enjoying both, but……  Did I not see the overlap when I signed up for each of them? Indeed I did. One, though, has turned out to be a little more than I anticipated. What I thought would be a 1-1/2 hour meeting once a week has turned out to be 2-1/2 hours. The extra hour falls at the end of the evening when I would normally be climbing into bed. AND it’s a Monday night.

It’s funny how a little thing like that can throw off the entire week.

That commitment ends in a few weeks and I’ll see it through, but I’m pretty sure I won’t sign up for the same arrangement in the spring. Even though I won’t have the other 12-week commitment, I think having a late Monday night just doesn’t work for me.

This is small potatoes, but it’s also kinda big because if I don’t manage my own calendar, soon I’ll turn into one of those people who runs from one thing to another in a whirlwind of busyness with nothing left to offer those I care about most.

It’s an ongoing challenge, this calendar thing.  There’s a regular need for reassessing and culling.


About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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2 Responses to When a Pressing Schedule Threatens to Rob Me

  1. Brenda Remis says:

    Good reminder for all of us who get out of balance. That’s especially important for me to think about, with upcoming college and professional responsibilities. Must make time for faith, loved ones and yourself 😄

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