I told you in the previous post that I was going to reveal my “Ah-ha” moment in this post, but first, if you haven’t read that post and don’t have a clue what “Ah-ha” moment I’m talking about well you can catch up to speed by reading “Fixing my Dishwasher.” Believe me, it’s about a much deeper subject than fixing my dishwasher.
I’m a work-a-holic… I know this. I don’t really feel bad about it because what I “Work” on right now is writing posts which will hopefully help lots of people… like this one.
Because of being a work-a-holic I have trouble stopping. I simply LIKE to work. I LIKE writing. I LIKE creating eBooks. I LIKE creating programs that will change lives for the better and help women get their home time management under control.
A few weeks ago my sister wanted me to go camping with her and 4 kids. Normally I would have rather scheduled a root canal but for some strange reason I heard myself telling her “Yeah, I’ll go” while seriously contemplating my sanity at that moment.
Nevertheless, I didn’t back down. OK, so I couldn’t. Her husband didn’t want her to go camping alone in a popup camper with 4 kids. So if I begged out they would all be disappointed.
She and I had previously agreed that I had no interest in the water park where they spent the vast majority of the day so I would use that time to catch up on some work. So, for the whole 3 days we were there, after breakfast they would go play and I would go work at a fast food restaurant less than half a mile down the road. I would stay there drinking tea (3/4 unsweet and 1/4 sweet) until she called me “home” for dinner.
I didn’t feel bad about this because her hubby was mainly worried about her being alone at night, so I made sure that after dinner I stayed at the campground.
I didn’t even take my laptop on the trip but the picture above isn’t really misleading because I do work on my laptop the vast majority of every day.
I was working on the sections for my next eBook now that I just finished my latest one titled “Time Management and Cooking.” This next one I strongly felt should be about “Alone Time” (and how home time management can help find more of it) since that’s something that everyone I know struggles with finding for themselves.
Anyway, I took a notebook and some guidelines about how to name the titles. I asked for guidance from God right from the beginning and constantly throughout my time working.
It was AWESOME!!
The quantity and quality of the work so surpassed what I could do here at the house… I mean office. As a matter of fact, I’d been “trying” to get that part of the planning out of the way for WEEKS. I told my sister how much work I was getting done. I came home and told everyone how much I’d accomplished. I was so amazed that I’d gotten more done in those 3 days than in the previous 3 months (on that particular task).
The very week I returned I was part of a Bible study group and my friend, Sean, taught about what I talked about in the previous post. I’ll briefly touch on it here.
When we have a problem… big or little… we go to God and ask for help in overcoming it. In my instance, I asked God to help me focus and to FINALLY get that next book outlined. It’s something I’ve been struggling with for MONTHS. I just couldn’t make myself focus and be able to create the titles which would be something you (or someone else) would search for and therefore what I would be found for.
So, while I was sitting there in the fast food joint I was drinking sweet tea and getting so much accomplished my thoughts and words were along the lines of:
- Lord, you write and I’ll type (this is a play on the “You take the test, I’ll hold the pencil” from college. By the way He did GREAT!)
- Lord, thank you for letting me get so much done
- Lord, I’m letting YOU plan my next eBook
- God, you are so GOOD
- Lord, this is AMAZING
- This is good stuff
- Thank you Father for helping me so much today
Yet, when I got back to the camper I told my sister “I got SO much done today it was Awesome.” And when I got home everyone asked how the mini vacation was and I repeated the same. I told them how much I’d gotten done at the fast food joint and even joked that when I’d written all of the 30+ titles I’d created that it would be worth the 6 hr round-trip drive just to get a serious amount of work done again.
Did you see what I did?
It was innocent enough. I didn’t mean to steal the thunder and claim the glory while leaving God out of the mixture. It just happened by default.
I’m really working on changing that default behavior.To Your Success…
Mary Segers B.S., MSW
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