No one expects the hero to be fighting bad guys day and night with no rest, that’s just not feasible. But, how often do we expect that of ourselves? Enter: the Enough List. Make a list of things that once you’ve done them, you’ve done enough for the day, you don’t have to feel guilty about being done and resting.
In Lord of the Rings, it’s really easy to figure out that Wormtongue is a bad guy and you shouldn’t listen to him. But you have Wormtongues in your life, and they tell you lies that you believe about yourself. Time to tell them, “Your words are poison.”
“I’m busy, really busy.” You can almost see a smug grin behind the exhaustion, a grin that says ‘look at me, look at all the things I’m doing, I’m important’. Ask someone how they’re doing and that’s the answer you might get, or maybe something similar. “I’m just trying to keep my head above water” or “I’ve got a lot on my plate.” Being busy has become a status symbol.
I, of course, don’t think that’s a good idea. Even as I’m busy, as I overcommit, as I fall into the same mindset, I see the danger in it.
Helm’s Deep : a fortress that’s never been breached, the safe haven of the nation of Rohan in the Lord of the Rings. It would take an army of 10,000 to break through.
Your life is a video game, and it might be on a different difficulty setting than someone else. But what happens when it’s not even the same for your each day?
You were hoping to be rested and recharged after your vacation. But now you’re even more tired, even more drained. And it doesn’t just happen with vacations (which are extended breaks), it happens with short breaks too. What gives?
Super short answer: not everything is life-giving. Shocking, I know.
I’m pretty sure this video will make you mad, cuz I’m making the claim that maybe there are some shows and movies and songs you shouldn’t watch / listen to. But what we consume shapes us, so we need to watch what we watch. There’s no list of “watch / don’t watch”, but you can apply general principles: does it show evil as evil (or pass off evil as good)? And does it bring you closer to God?
A Severe Mercy is an amazing book that you should read. I’ve said that before and I’m sticking to it. It sometimes has some surprise way-awesome-insightful moments. Here’s one of them.
Past You can be a jerk sometimes, always procrastinating and leaving you with the bill. Oh wait, you do that to Future You all the time. But what if you could make life way easier for Future You?