Weighing your options: What matters to you?

We all have a day where we feel grossly unprepared. Maybe a day when you should have taken a sick day, but you opt to show up for the work day anyway. A slow news day is nerve wracking for any reporter. Calls are out on projects before you, and you wait, research and so forth.

Note to self: You have, and most reporters have, seen this kind of day. Tomorrow will be better.

A hurricane.

Dorian is on its way, barreling, it seems, toward the state of Florida. And already lines are weaving the tell tale story: people want to be prepared.

Note to self: Pick up crackers and Boost shakes. We are in for a ride.

Things are about to get rambunctious.

Church.

A woman on the ministry team stands at the altar to present “The Elements” for morning Eucharist. Wearing a well tailored dress, it is obvious she has some sort of exercise routine.

Note to self: must exercise.

But when?

Everyone has 24 hours in a day. The first 2 hours of my day, I dedicate to waking up, meditation, personal journaling. Reading.

Although it would be beneficial to exercise in the morning, I have to hit the road by 7:30 to make it to work. A 45 minute drive.

I reflect on my to do list. I think about coworkers who seem to have read 100 pages of news by 8 a.m. I think about the fact that I want to be more prepared, better rested, fit as a fiddle (actually, I would love to learn to play the fiddle as well), prayed up.

And suddenly, within my spirit, I hear two words.

“What matters?”

“It all matters,” I answered.

Best advice for anyone who has a day, a week, a month, like this.

Make a list in your bullet journal (or notebook, dayplanner, phone etc.) of goals. Decide what is reasonable.

Most of all, understand there is always a way to better yourself. Although I have published a book, and spent 12 years in full time journalism, have numerous accolades, somehow I still look at others and think to myself, wow I wish I was as good as they are at what they do.

But that is the point, really.

Truth is, I have gifts too that I oft overlook.

Be present to the moment. Learn all you can. Make time to nurture you, especially if you are pouring out to the rest of the world. Quit making excuses. Even if you don’t have time to go back to school, the internet and libraries are great ways to increase your knowledge.

As for the important: My most important time of the day is prayer. I make no apologies for that. And on days that I do not take that time, either because of illness, extra errands, etc., it sure shows up in my life.

Oh happy day 🙂 A brand new chance to begin again.

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