Or – Getting the Priorities Sorted
(FYI – I didn’t have time to edit. I Hope this is readable)
I have been enjoying my little blogging break. It has been a great opporunity to step back and re-evaluate what’s important, and what is worth my time and efforts.
I read a blog a week or so ago that mentioned “big rocks”, and I got to thinking about that anaolgy. You know, the one where you take sand, and pebbles and medium rocks and big rocks and you put them in a jar or a bucket or whatever. In case you’ve never heard of it before. If you put all the sand in first, then the pebbles, then the medium rocks, then you won;t have room for the big rocks. But, if you put in the big rocks first, then medium ones, then the pebbles and finally the sand – it all fits. Get it?
So that’s what I’ve been thinking about. I’ve been thinking about how I felt like the big rocks weren’t fitting into the bucket of my life, and I was giving my space to the littler things.
I tend to see my life more as a chart with chunks of time, but I am realizing that most of things that have to happen in my life are not things that can be scheduled around. No, my days are made up of dirty hands and dirty diapers, disciplining, just tossing in a load of laundry, just wiping up that spill, etc. etc. I can’t pre-plan those things anymore than I can control the weather or how many red-lights I’ll hit on my way to the library. This rokcs analogy is really helping me to comprehend how life fits together, and somehow everything gets in the bucket, as long as we put the big rocks in first.
My big rocks are God and his church, my family, other relationships, and my personal needs. Second to these are some of my “functions” – the “doing” of parenting, housekeeping, cooking, etc. and the list goes on.
Now, to get to my decisions about this blog. Well, I see it as small rock…one to be put after all the above. I’ve also read a few posts from other bloggers who have made it clear that blogging is not a great revenue stream. I had always kind of kept that option in the back of my mind. These woman have very successful blogs with affiliate marketing and add space and make less than $1 an hour.
As far as I’m concerned this is great news. The pressure is off to join the blog parties, and link-up to every meme I can find just so I can increase the traffic. Now I can just blog because I want to. I don’t care any more if I get 3 hits a day or 100. If someone, somewhere is encouraged, great!
All that being said, I think I will change things up a bit still…but I’ll save that for another post. This one is long enough, and I want to curl up with my man and watch a movie. I better get to it before my bucket is full (ie. before I’m so tired I fall asleep 5 min into the flick)
Love to you….