Simplicity seems to be the battle cry these days. Everyone is talking about the importance of doing more with less. I prefer to think that in many ways less is more. Let me explain, I know that you might have heard about the wonderful book called, "The Secret". In The Secret the law of attraction is talked about quite a bit. This law says we attract people, things and events in our lives based on our deepest feelings. For example, you walk into your child's room and it is a mess. You immediately feel overwhelmed by what you are seeing and you feel vulnerable in that space. You might feel like someone could get hurt in her room if the toys aren't picked up and then soon there after you hit your toe or trip on a toy. You get the gist of this.
Well, one of the universal laws that we don't talk about very much is the law of contraction. This law essentially says that there is tremendous value when we embrace learning to live with less, are more selective about how we spend our resources (time, money,etc...), and that we are more mindful of how we spend our lives. In essence, this law challenges us to embrace less knowing that our lives will be richer for it.
That being said, I thought that it was important this week to talk about being over committed. Many families today struggle with creating quality experiences because we have too many commitments. Let's face it, the children are usually signed up for one or two activities' per child, homework assignments each night, and the family is juggling life just to find a night or two to eat dinner together. Have you ever had a precious family moment like Christmas day, birthday, a family preplanned event to be met with a friend that had no regard for what your family had planned because of their over commitments? This friend might have wanted you to change what you are doing for your family to accommodate their busy schedule. My point is that when we are over committed we tend to demand resources from others in order to maintain an over committed schedule. Is this you?
The point here is to understand if you feel like your family is running from morning to night and you must enlist the help of others frequently to maintain you life schedule. This might be a sign of doing too much.
Ask yourself the following:
Do I feel like I am constantly on a roller coaster in my life?
Do I frequently have life emergencies that require me to enlist the help of others?
Do I honor any family routines during the week? i.e. Minimum of 3 dinners together as a family.
Have I burned my friends out by my neediness?
Why am I so busy?
Asking ourselves the right questions about our lives is the first opportunity to create change.
Author Bio: Author, speaker and radio host Mia Redrick is a Mom Life Strategist and the founder of Finding Definitions, LLC a company created to empower mothers to practice better self-care. Committed to getting 1,000,000 moms to practice better self-care, Mia authored Time for Mom-Me:5 Essential Strategies for A Mother's Self-care and currently hosts 27 national groups utilizing her system. To learn more about starting a group visit www.timeformom-me.com.