What to Do When You’re Busy as Can Be

Happy Friday, RISERS! I hope that whatever you are doing, you are relaxing and enjoying your summer vacation. I have to say that for me, this week has been a challenge. I think I have too many things going on. We have been at Vacation Bible School every evening this week. On the bright side, I have only two more days of Summer Learning Camp. And I am down to the last six days of a job with an organization I have been associated with for the last six years.

Quote of the week: “Busyness chokes deep thinking.” –Todd Stocker

Book of the week: For grins and giggles, I want to introduce you to a book called The Book for People Who Do Too Much by New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Grieve. It has wonderful pictures depicting animals that are seemingly overworked. It reminds us that the animal kingdom can mirror the behaviors of humans. If you have a chance to find it, I think you would really enjoy this book.

Joke of the week: It’s been a busy day, so I was going to make some herbal tea…But I just can’t find the thyme.

Nugget of Wisdom for the week: This week, I wanted to remind us all that overloading our schedule puts ourselves and those around us at great risk. As I mentioned above, I am leaving my position as an executive director for an organization I first joined as a volunteer six years ago. I have vacillated between relief and sadness as the days count down to my final week. When we as humans find a job that makes us happy, sometimes it’s very difficult to know when it is time to move on. I personally have been fighting feelings that I am somehow letting people down. What I’d like you to know is that when the time comes for a change, do it because it is the right thing to do, and don’t base your decision on what people will think of you. Like the saying goes, you can’t take care of yourself if your cup’s always empty. Please remember me as I get through the next week.

Happy Friday! Have a great week. Remember, you are most awesome, and YOU ROCK!

Marion Rhines is a foster-turned-adoptive parent. She lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with her husband and five children. She has written and published two children’s books as well as two foster-care-themed novels. She has a Facebook blog, Tips from the FLIP Side, and enjoys working with children of all ages.

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