We walked away with a ton of ideas and all kinds of resources. One handout we were given was on finding margin in our lives. Or, in other words, finding breathing room. I know for me this has been a big area of focus the last few months. And, since everyone I know seems to be just as busy as we are, if not more, I thought I would share some of it here with you.
I'd like to start out today by sharing a statement on finding margin. This really made me stop and think. It was written by Dr. Richard Swenson, MD:
"The conditions of modern day living devour margin. If you're homeless we direct you to a shelter. If you're penniless we offer you food stamps. If you're breathless we connect you to oxygen. But if you're marginless we give you one more thing to do. Marginless is being 30 minutes late to the doctor's office because you were 20 minutes late getting out of the hairdresser because you were 10 minutes late dropping the children off at school because the car ran out of gas two blocks from a gas station and you forgot your purse. That's marginless.
"Margin, on the other hand, is having breath at the top of the staircase, money at the end of the month, and sanity left over at the end of adolescence. Margin is grandma taking the baby for the afternoon. Margin is having a friend help carry the burden.
"Marginless is not having time to finish the book you're reading on stress. Margin is having the time to read it twice. Marginless is our culture. Margin is counter-culture, having some space in your life and schedule. Marginless is the disease of our decade and margin is the cure."