Draw the Line
Remember when Rufio in the movie, “Hook,” drew the line between those who believed Peter Pan (Robin Williams) was Pan, and those who didn’t believe he was. Choices were made (even with doubts), and there wasn’t an in-between. Certain things, habits, people, etc., belong in certain spaces and/or times. I had been allowing my day job (the school) to cross the line into other specified time.
Recently, there’s been an overload of things for me to do at the school, in my personal life, and artistically. Feels like everyone needs/wants something, and I started feeling overwhelmed. I was running just to keep it all together, and functioning, and what suffered during this overload? My art (acting and writing – artistically & business side) time had declined. And if you know me, you know I’m in error.
In “War of Art,” by Steven Pressfield, not to be confused with “Art of War,” he talks about resistance. What happens when you start moving with more defined intention towards a goal/pursuit? Weird things start to happen. Random drama begins with or between friends, co-workers, family, you catch a cold, . . . all of sudden my whole world sped up with urgency and interruptions with those urgencies.
Sometimes it seems like as soon as you calculate how to solve the problem, the equation rearranges. That’s part of life, learning to change.
“Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.” – Thomas Hardy
So when things start happening in my life, I’ve learned to take notice, and even in this whirlwind of running from one task/place to the next, I asked God, “What is it that I’m suppose to be learning and what is happening that the enemy is trying to distract me from?”
Life is ongoing training, change, and evolution. I’ve asked God to do a lot in, through, and with my life, and I want it all (fully & successfully). So what part of the training is this . . . boundaries, discipline, and priorities.
When it’s time for me to clock out, I will now be leaving, and I will monitor who’s at my desk better. Lately, I’ve been staying to do one more thing, which leads to one more thing . . . 15 – 30mins later, and I’m still there. And possibly, that one more thing happened, because I sat and chatted too long with someone, when the conversation may have not been necessary or contributing to a priority. I’m not saying to be rigid, but with this speed up of requests from management, I have to be more selective of conversations and when to engage. To not leave on time, pulls from other areas. With a full schedule, it’s imperative to be decisive and respectful of the uses of time.
“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.” – Jim Rohn
“The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Budda
Be disciplined, or be disciplined. Lines can be drawn in sand or in stone. I suppose it depends on what the line is for, but the line must be respected by you first, and integrated with others.
“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening – it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” – Hebrews 12:11
“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” – Ephesians 5:15-17
“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is.” – Psalm 39:4
“For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” – Proverbs 6:23