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Leave Some Room for Later

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 30, 2011 @ 1:00 am In Joyful Womanhood | 14 Comments

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My dad always said that my eyes were bigger than my stomach. He was referring to the food I piled on my plate.

You see, I’ve always been a glutton foodie. Food has always been of supreme importance to me. And as a child, I always put more on my plate than I could possibly stomach, because it all looked so good! And adults would often caution me to save room for later…. for dessert, of course.

As I get older, I’m realizing that, yes, my eyes are bigger than everything: my to-do list, my refrigerator, my house, my car, my life, and yes, my stomach, too.

I tend to buy more than I can reasonably fit in the car. I tend to think I can clean more rooms in my house than I reasonably can. And I tend to attempt more in a given day, week, or month, than is reasonably necessary.

Jamie’s post last week about balancing flexibility and structure [6] was particularly convicting for me. When she described herself as a low-output mom, that got me thinking of how much I’m doing — or trying to do.

My eyes are bigger than my stomach.

More than I can manage

I woke up on a recent morning thinking that I would get the entire house clean, go grocery shopping (at four stores), bake my husband’s birthday cake, and have dinner on the table at a reasonable hour. There were even thoughts of laundry and some batch cooking in there!

By ten pm I was utterly exhausted and feeling like I hadn’t got anything but the grocery shopping and some meal prep accomplished.

The reality? What I accomplished was good. It was my aspirations that had been unrealistic. And those aspirations, or failed aspirations as the case may be, were what made me feel spent and defeated.

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Time for a reality check

As I reflected on the day, I realized that I had simply piled too much on my plate.

My eyes were clearly bigger than my stomach.

So, I’m on a mission to leave some room for later. Lately, I’ve been methodically going to bed much earlier than usual; I’ve delegated some jobs; and I’ve even taught my sons to clean the bathrooms!

I can’t do it all — or even half — and neither can you. So, let’s leave some room for later — so that there’s some of us left when later comes.

How do you limit yourself from over-doing?


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