It’s been a while since I’ve written anything of a personal nature. This is not an oversight.

The fact is – I’m slipping.

I had a feeling this would happen. Early in 2012 when I made a resolution to serve weekly in places out of my comfort zone, I had doubts I would keep that commitment. But I did and on December 31 I had a feeling of pride in accomplishment.

Now everyone (including myself) is wondering, “What’s next?”

And the answer is “I don’t know.”

In the state of not knowing, I’ve become negligent planning service outings. I volunteered a few times in January. Today March starts and I realize I only served one time in February.


I can give you excuses. We are moving. The kids were in a play. Our family was hit with bronchitis, the flu, and a sinus infection. Again – excuses.

1/24 of the job ahead of me

Crazy kids of SNOOPY!!!

Last year I had busy spells too, but nothing got in the way of serving. I’m realizing that I don’t like who I am when I’m not volunteering.

I slip into apathy. I slip into judgement.

Today I will give myself grace. I realize that to continue volunteering, I need to be intentional. Serving needs to be a planned activity on my calendar. If I don’t see it, I won’t do it.

I can’t allow all I’ve learned last year to be in vain. I promised to be more “aware” this year. In addition to paying attention to my surroundings, I’m discovering this means mindful scheduling of my time as well.

What tips do you use to ensure your time is not wasted? 
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