I think this week’s reading will really open your eyes to the reality of where we are as moms and women. At least for me, it has been pivotal in my understanding how I feel I get “trapped” into saying yes so many times, when I know I should say no.
Disappointment is very real in my life and this quote really hit my heart:
“The space between our expectations and our realities is a fertile field, and it’s the perfect place to grow a bumper crop of disappointment.”
To be perfectly authentic and vulnerable to you all…. I struggle with this constant feeling of disappointment because my expectations are not truly understood by me, or I get visions of what something ‘could’ be like and then it is not. I can see how this all plays out now in my desire to say yes to even those things that are not my Best Yes.
To be even more honest, I feel that in the past six to eight months, I have lived in that space where constant disappointment drains me dry. I don’t want to be in this place….. I am not a nice person in this place and certainly am not the best me. Isn’t that what we all truly desire, to be the best ‘us’?
To be the best me, I have to understand what makes me tick, what is missing and where I need to change. I have realized that using Lysa’s guidelines when determining new opportunities will help me.
What makes an expectation unrealistic? When an opportunity stretches me to a breaking point, it becomes unrealistic. Usually for me the areas I have to consider are:
*My time. The schedule required to meet all the demands of this opportunity isn’t in line with the time I have to invest.
*My ability. I’m not equipped with the necessary skills to carry out the functions of this opportunity.
*My money. I can’t afford the financial responsibilities that comes along with this opportunity.
*My passion. The responsibilities of this opportunity evoke a sense of dread instead of fulfillment in my heart.
*My season. There is something that must take a higher priority during this season of my life, therefore the timing is off for me to take this opportunity.
The Best Yes, pg 243
The one that I identify with the most is My Passion. I have to say there are several things in my life now that are not fitting in with the passion I once felt, thus draining me and giving me a sense of dread.
How do I fix this? Prayer and determining how to decline even more opportunities that come my way, which in fact need to be given those small no’s.
“Give the best of who you are to what you’re already committed to.” pg 123
This little gem is what I am keeping near. Is that not the type of whisper we all need to hear? I want to give my best to what I am already committed to, which will mean saying no to many other things that tantalize my interest.
What caught your eye the most in this week’s reading so far? I would love to hear from you.
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