Do daily pressures sometimes overwhelm you? I had a period of this several weeks ago. Everything started to close in on me. My schedule was jammed. It seemed like everyone wanted a piece of me and there wasn’t any time left for me.
I can tolerate this pace for a week or so, but when it drags on for several weeks, I get weary. Even my sleep patterns are interrupted. By mid afternoon I need a ten-minute nap just to make it to dinnertime, but often the pressures to meet the demands do not allow for rest. By the end of the day, I am so tired that I go to bed an hour earlier than normal, only to wake up two hours earlier than normal. While still in bed, I start thinking about the events of the upcoming day and I am fully awake. There is no point in just lying there, so I get up and the frantic cycle starts all over again.
A great deal of my busyness is my own doing. Because I am an extrovert, I get energy from being with people. However, sometimes I take it to an extreme and say “yes” to every opportunity to be with others at my own expense. When friends call to take a walk, go out for a meal, go to a social gathering, pray with them, go shopping, etc., I cannot say “no.” When I add these outings to doctor appointments, chauffeuring my granddaughter to her activities, and running errands, my life gets chaotic.
One morning, while fighting the pressures of a packed schedule, I read Proverbs 25:28, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man [or woman] who lacks self control.”
That made me think of the slogan, “Just say no.” “Just say no” was an advertising campaign as part of the U.S. War on Drugs during the 1980s and early 90s to discourage children from engaging in substance abuse. Is the busyness I sometimes experience a result of my inability to “just say no” to my drug of choice, being with other people? I think it is! I must learn to “just say no.”