Change Challenge: Keeping The Calendar Clear


Kroger Display, 146th Street, January 2, 2012

In a world in which Christmas items begin appearing on the shelves in October, Valentines’ Candies are sold just after the New Year, Easter Bunnies start gathering their eggs in early February, fire crackers are sold after Presidents’ Day, Pumpkins and Ghosts haunt store shelves along with back-to-school items it is easy to feel that we are always late for the next big event.

Our Daytimers fill with meetings, telephone calls, and deadlines.

Our school calendars load up with concerts, sport events, competitions, and graduations.

Our social agendas reflect dinner with friends, gatherings with strangers, weddings, parties, and church functions.

Our minds begin calculating our daily tasks from the minute the alarm goes off in the morning to the minute our heads hit the pillow at night.  Worse yet, our minds don’t stop with the planning.  So many people report that they can’t “turn it off” even into the early hours of morning.  Their sleep is disrupted by the constant call of that growing number of things they have to do and the limited amount of time in a day to get them done.

I want to offer a suggestion, some advices, a word of wisdom from an old calendar junkie:  Schedule some time for nothing at all.  Go ahead.  Mark it on your family calendar, create an Outlook event, secure a spot in your date book.  Put away the pencil and use a red pen.  Give yourself an hour.  Put one hour on your calendar to sit, read, reflect, pray, sing, draw, laugh, cry…whatever you need to do to escape the constant barrage of activities that are placed on your already-full schedule.

Take control of your calendar before someone else does it for you.  Take a minute.  Take an hour.  Take a day.  I give you permission.

And you deserve it.