As a pastor, wife, mother, and wannabe fibre artist I constantly find myself saying one of the following: “I don’t have enough time to….”, “If I just had more time”, “I ran out of time”, etc. But lately it has occurred to me, and yes, I’ve heard it said, that we all have “just enough time.” So, this year, while I am on sabbatical/leave of absence in order to do some creative work and to get back into physical shape, I have decided to stop saying those above comments and to start saying things like, “I didn’t choose to take time for….” and “I am going to take time for….”.
It is of course obvious that we all have the same amount of time each day. How we use it is our choice. We don’t know how many days we’ll have, though, so it makes sense to use the time we do have well, and not to lament not having enough time. So I am taking time that I already have to read, write, do needlework, quilt, knit, walk my dog, bicycle with my husband, talk to my daughter on the phone or via e-mail, go for drives and go hiking.
When I return to work I will still take time to do those things. This blog is part of how I will hold myself to accountable to take the time for what’s important. I encourage anyone who reads it to recognize that there truly is “justenoughtime” to do the things you really want to. Oh, yes, and add changing the world to that list!
January 2009 Update:
I’ve been back at work in Virginia for 6 months now, as the pastor of a church of about 250 members. It’s a lot harder to fit in all those things I want to do, especially since I’ve just begun work on a Doctor of Ministry in The Arts and Theology. I’ll be stretching myself even further as I explore a wider range of the arts and how to use them in ministry and life. But I’ll still be working to maintain the balance through this blog, which has indeed helped over its first year to keep me on track and more productive and reflective.
July 2009 Update:
I’ve added a new header which is a portion of an original hand-dyed and hand-stitched table runner I created while in NM. As a result of my D.Min. I’ve been stretched to start working in mixed media, acrylic, and watercolor (not to mention drama, music, and all the arts). I still love working with fiber and textile, but I’m really having fun with the new media.
January 1, 2011 Update:
In July I moved to pastor a larger church (about 500 members) a little further north in VA. I’ve been really busy getting adjusted and working on my dissertation so the blog has been on the back burner. I plan to post more and more varied things this year.
February 2012 Update:
I completed my Doctor of Ministry in The Arts and Theology last May and have been super busy in my new church. I didn’t do too well posting last year but plan to add some of my D.Min. projects as well as some knitting projects I’ve completed and some projects I’m now working on. I’ve added paint to my repertoire and am tending more toward that than fiber right now. But I continue to love fiber and textile work.