Mowing the Lawn and Clearing My Head

I mowed my lawn today.  It was awesome.  It looks awesome.  Kathy and I are fortunate because we have a large yard, we love having the space to let Judah Play, we love the possibilities that our lot provides.  And in a region where yards are going away quickly with each new house crammed right next to the other one we are blessed.

The down side of such a large yard is that it has to be mowed regularly.  And sometimes it’s just hard to get out there and make it happen.  Sometimes I want to mow it and weather or schedule prevent it.  It’s a challenge.  But the longer and taller the grass gets the harder it gets for me to want to mow it down.

But once I get it handled I get a very relaxed feeling, like everything is right in the world once again.

It’s the same way with ministry I think.  There are so many things that have to get done and we know they need to get done, but we can’t get them done for various reasons.  But once they are done . . . ahh, what a relief.

I’ve been learning to start taking my projects and things that I’m working on piece by piece, that helps to keep me from getting overwhelmed by how tall the weeds are getting.  And I’m also learning how important it is to write all my stuff down, and get it out of my head.

If you haven’t read Getting Things Done by David Allen I would really recommend it.  Even if you never get all the way GTD, there is a ton of little things that can help to ease the mental pressure that you’re carrying around.  I’m currently reading Ready for Anything by David Allen.  It’s a little New Age-y but ultimately it’s a book about productivity.  And it’s a great resource and reminder for why I need to get things out of my brain and focus on just one thing at a time.

Back to my Lawn.  I was able to mow my lawn and not worry about all the stuff that I needed to do, because all the stuff that I needed to do was out of my head.  My Lawn really looks great, and I enjoyed mowing it because I had peace knowing what I wasn’t doing and knowing that I would be able to get to it when it was appropriate.

This may be my last blog post for a while, I am going to be out of town next week and I don’t know if I’ll be able to post from my iPhone, I’m going to be out in the boonies. But I’ll be back and ready to rock next week I’m sure.

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