Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Full Tank

I continue to learn as I work on incorporating new habits into my life. It isn't that I can never extend myself, or make a supreme effort when it is called for. That has been called for this week at work, but when I wrote on Thursday evening about not being asleep at my post anymore, I talked myself out of starting a big task at 10.30 p.m. and instead went to bed.

I was rested for the next day. The day was busy but highly productive and then I chilled out with Paul by watching a movie until 8.30.

I remembered then that because it was Friday, Meg was writing the blog post for Saturday. That was a wonderful thing to enjoy--a blog Sabbath.

I did do a couple of hours of work on some deadline driven tasks. What difference running on a full tank makes.

I am so used to running on empty, through sheer grit, will and determination but I have long struggled with a tendency to fall asleep easily at meetings. I am also a master of procrastination before getting on with a big task that is waiting and seems a bit overwhelming.

Love your neighbour as yourself; you have to love yourself first, in order to love others. Rest first to work. Both counterintuitive principles.

Luke 1:51-52 (New International Version)
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.

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