This is a topic of daily importance for me. I find it is so easy to become distracted and allow interference to win in my practicing, my mothering, my business, and of course, my writing. Each is of utmost importance to me, so I often fall victim to the false belief that I must have the perfect, uninterrupted time and space to feel I have accomplished what I set out to do.
As I write this, I am potty training my 3-year-old, there are two dinners cooking on the stove, and I have taken two phone calls. The dryer just beeped to let me know it has finished drying a load of laundry that now waits to be folded, and my doorbell just rang…literally.
I chuckle coming back to this post because no matter how much I desire quiet and focused time to write/practice/mother/wife/friend, I am in a stage of life where interruptions inevitable. This can teach me patience, and give me power to choose what will distract me and what will empower me.
Dallin H. Oaks said, “The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives.” (“Good, Better, Best,” Ensign, Nov. 2007, 104).
There are a million good ways I can spend my time. There are many better things I can choose. And there are a few choices that are truly the best that will make the unavoidable distractions and interference less of a nuisance. The thing I have to give flexibility to is that some of those “best” things for me will change each day, and some will remain constant forever.
One that does not change is prayer/meditation. Without it, I am a ship without a rudder. I am scattered and more easily set back and distracted from my goals, hopes and desires. Another unchangeable for me is time to ponder and study the word of God. Whatever you believe, time to consider and study things that matter most will be an anchor to you throughout your life. It will put things in proper perspective and balance. With these two key elements in place, I am much more focused in my other “best” activities. My violin practice has a peace and perspective to it. My mothering is more inspired and patient. My writing feels more natural and soul-connected. My business grows and helps people.
What are your “best” priorities, the things that give life to everything else? I would love to hear from you.