Enjoy life? Too much to do first!


As we all go through life, we may look around us and try to justify why we should or should not allow ourselves to do things to relax and have fun, especially if there is something else that needs to be done.

So many of us were taught that being productive is the only way to live one’s life.  Anything else is “laziness.”

Sometimes, the things that we have been taught need to be reexamined.

The all-or-nothing approach to life is not a balanced one. It is one of the reasons that so many of us seem to have  issues with balancing the all of the things we have going on in our lives. We just cannot seem to win.

When we choose to do something that is fun and breathes life into us, even when there are things that stare us in the face that need to be done, we do NOT need to feel shame and guilt for doing so.  We may even hear those damned voices loud and telling us otherwise.

So many of us have come to believe that life is “black or white,” “good or bad,” “either (this) or (that).”  Others fall in the middle with a belief that life is “gray,” all being mixtures of the two.

I have learned (and am continuing to learn) that explanations are not all that simple.

Life is BOTH black-and-white, good-and-bad, this-and-that. Recognizing this as truth allows for us to face the difficult things AND enjoy ourselves in the process. Learning to rid ourselves of the shame and guilt of life is not easy, but by learning how to enjoy life in the midst of all the tough stuff is important!

Photo credit:  Pixabay, public domain

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4 thoughts on “Enjoy life? Too much to do first!

  1. I’m trying to do something important each day I’m healthy enough. That something may just be making a pot of soup that will provide a few nutritious meals, paying bills, filing papers, spending an hour or two decluttering, or sending a message of support to a bereaved friend. If I wake up and have an episode of palpitations that keeps me down for a few hours, before I’ve had a chance to do anything important, I don’t feel guilty about lying in bed or reading a book until I’m better. If I’m feeling normal, I don’t feel guilty about going for a photowalk, something I enjoy, even if I haven’t finished my important thing yet.

    I work as God gives me strength and I “play” as God give me opportunity. I no longer have to deal with guilt, even though I’ve certainly done wrong and hurt others. God has forgiven me and removed the burden of guilt far from me. I do try to live more wisely and avoid hurting others now, but when I sin against God or others, I now know how to deal with it and move on. If others hurt me, I forgive them as I have been forgiven myself. Thus I’m able to be at peace.

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