For years, well at least since I started having children… I have always stated, “I don’t have time.” Someone would ask me if I read and I would laugh and say “Who has time for reading” or I would answer “caring for the kids and my career keeps me too busy to do other things, you’ll see when you have kids everything changes.”
I now realize I was completely wrong; we can make time for anything. Although the hours in a day are short, I have learned that I am a better mother, leader, wife, executive, sister, daughter, and friend when I take time for myself. I started traveling again, mostly road trips and have immensely enjoyed downloading books to my iPhone and playing them in the car. I have probably got through about ten books in the last three months just driving, walking through target or working out through listening. My favorite of those would have been The Reader which completely captivated me from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia.
I have also started reading paper books again and enjoy getting lost in the story. I find that reading takes me out of the daily grind. Reading makes me forget about all of my responsibilities, uncompleted tasks, and challenges that we all encounter on a daily basis. What amazes me is that I am probably busier than I have ever been in my life now but I am making time for myself. From making some serious adjustments (I am a sleeper and not a morning person) to get up early in the morning, or jumping in a bubble bath as soon as the kids are asleep. We all need to strengthen our minds, relax and just have some downtime to ourselves every day.
I started setting the alarm and getting up to have my Kona Coffee and read my book downstairs. I enjoy that time and find myself begging for more as soon as I hear one of the kids venturing down the stairs. In the last few months, I have enjoyed quite a few books. Yes, I did complete the Twilight series and enjoyed the 1st and 4th book but otherwise became a bit bored with the story line and characters. My friend Dana gave me a huge list of books to read, and I am happy to say I have finished them all and so grateful for her recommendation to read Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller… that would be my favorite by far. I also loved Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and have started the sequel, World Without End. Excellent books.
Carl was wonderfully supportive and bought me the Amazon Kindle II which I carry every where I go. I especially love that it synchronizes my Kindle with my iPhone so that I can read on either device. I like the iPhone at night because of the built in backlight.
Last year I set a goal to read the Bible from cover to cover. When I approached the Christian Book Store (a friend calls it the Jesus Junk Store), I was overwhelmed by the display and versions but ending up with a chronological daily New Living Translation. About half way through the year and a half way through the bible I decided to study for my LEED AP exam before they changed the criteria. The bible went into the drawer and after successfully passing the exam in December out it came again.
I wanted to read the entire Bible because I wanted to form my own opinion about the content. Before this, I never read nor had the interest to read even one page in the bible. I was raised Catholic and made my confirmation but lacked any desire to follow Jesus. In my childhood, I never learned one thing from church or CCD that made me want to believe in anything. As a matter of fact, I think it turned me away.
I am excited to say that I finally did finish reading the Bible. I loved reading the stories that I already knew from watching all the Veggie Tale movies with my kids. It was also wonderful to read the stories about past sermon’s that we heard at Discovery Christian Church. I loved how Toney, Bryan, Ethan or Ryan spoke of them during service but it was fascinating to read them for myself and recall a point in which they spoke that made me understand what I was reading. I even remember a series that our old pastor Terry Mann spoke of on Esther. Good stuff. I am so grateful to have found a church, church leaders and friends that interested me enough to open my mind up to the Bible.
Time is something that we have to create. Time is something that any day we can run out of forever. I desire to do so many things in my life before that time comes. We all have experienced something in our lives that reiterates that we must enjoy every minute. Enjoy yourself so that you can enjoy others. With that, I must move on to my other tasks of the day so that this evening I can make a little more time for myself.