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Roles

  • Posted on September 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

We all assume roles in our lives. We’re parents, children, students, employees, professionals, and more. Some of us are advocates. Whatever our other roles may be, we choose to engage in advocacy in order to change the outcomes we experience and to improve the outcomes others will experience. We want the world to learn from what went wrong in our own lives.

In First Things First, Stephen Covey and his co-authors instruct us that the limits of the mind indicate we can best organize our lives around seven roles, plus the role we owe ourselves, which they call sharpening the saw.

With such a limit, I’ve devised the following roles:

  1. Mother: I will nurture and care for my children, enriching and empowering them to become the people they are meant to be.
  2. Wife: I will build a resilient, satisfying, and loving marriage with my husband.
  3. Builder/Servant: I will rely on my loving Heavenly Father to open the way for me to answer the callings He gives me, while I do everything in my power to build a righteous, faithful life on the Rock of His salvation and to endure well to the end.
  4. Marketer: I will build satisfying, sustaining, long-term business relationships with clients that deliver their products and services with honor and integrity by providing high-quality written and consultative services and by delivering them with honor and integrity.
  5. Writer: I will uplift other writers in such a way that I empower and inspire them to live their dreams.
  6. Advocate: I will build a peaceful and sustaining community of advocates to serve people with neurological differences and disabilities, that the people we serve may be enriched, employed, and empowered.
  7. Student: I will excel in my field(s) of study and earn my degree(s).

There are certainly other roles I could have, but most of those activities would fall under another umbrella. This way I emphasize what is most important for me to do with my time, my energy, and my life.

What are your roles?

Pacing the Day

  • Posted on June 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

As I write this, the full moon is still up, though now the dawn is too--and so am I. Technically, today (as I write this) is Saturday. My day started at 5:00 AM yesterday (Friday) morning. I woke up bright and early in order to be to court on time. As my husband so eloquently said, “No day is a good day when it starts with a court appearance.”

I spent my early morning hours journaling, praying, and trying not to give in to the worry monster within. I got ready. Then, I waited for my Mom to arrive. She got here and we rushed off and barely got into the room on time. Then, we waited for about an hour for our case to be called. It was painless, but exhausting. And the worst part was that I felt as if I hadn’t actually accomplished anything.

Mark and I went to my Mom’s to move some televisions around and we went home. I finished journaling and praying. I worked my way through my self-development exercises. I checked my e-mail. I felt so exhausted I went to bed without feeling as if I’d accomplished anything.

I’m getting better at recognizing when my body has had enough on whatever sleep it’s gotten, in this case a total of four hours. Of course, acknowledgment isn’t enough. Action is required. That means going to be at 10 or 11 in the morning, even though I haven’t actually done anything, because my body is ready to sleep. If I miss that window of opportunity, then I could be up for sixteen hours with all my brain cells putting up neon signs that would read “Out of Order.” At least, I’m assuming they do. It’s not like there’s any cells that retain the ability to read when that happens, so there’s no way to know for sure. Anyway, the point is that there are consequences if I ignore my body.

So, I went to bed. I woke up around 5 PM. I got to work. I took a break from work. I put the boys to bed and got some caffeine. I went back to work. I took a break to read with Willy and then I sent him to bed. I went back to work. I took a break to go grocery shopping. And now I’m back at work. Pretty soon I’ll be going to bed again. At least, I hope I will be.

This is how I pace my day. I assess my responsibilities, my appointments, and my deadlines. I compare these to my fatigue and my concentration. I plan accordingly, at least as well as I am able to do. I pace myself. Day and night have very little to do with it.