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Posted on: 10.12.2012

I have to chuckle at myself sometimes.  When I have time to blog, my brain goes blank.  Yet, when I’m living a life worth blogging about, I can hardly sit down long enough to let my fingers rest on the keys.

This morning I woke up before dawn and drove toward the sunrise to pick up a sweet lady who needed a ride down to Los Angeles.  I’ve been taking many little jobs like this and I’m actually enjoying this type of busy-ness. It is different from my past forms of busy-ness. This particular job was fun because I had the whole trip home from LA alone to think.  

With this series on “value” {which seems to be flagging, I know!} I’ve been needling out the ways I have mistakenly derived value in my life. I talked about beauty in previous posts and I feel like I haven’t completed my thoughts on that yet.  So I’m leaving it open as fodder for future posts. {This 31 Day challenge isn’t methodically planned here on Chapter Twenty, if you haven’t noticed…} There is another way that I have wrongly tried to seek my value: busyness.   

Somehow, I got it into my head that a full schedule increases my importance.  I don’t know what the source of this idea was in my life, but it’s an idea that seems to have engulfed the entire American culture. {Can I get an ‘Amen!?'} If I could have a dime for every time I heard someone use the term “busy” to describe their life… I wouldn’t be a poor college grad, that’s for sure.

Seriously. We run ourselves ragged! What’s the deal!?

My value does not derive from my schedule. 

So if this is the case, why do I act like it does? 

choose rest



  1. This is a great reminder that business isn't always the best or most productive thing. Choosing quiet and reflective time is very important and worthwhile, too. We do live in such a busy culture that it's so easy to find ourselves also caught up in this all to fast-paced world! Thanks for the reminder and challenge to slow down and take a car ride to simply think! BTW I LOVE car rides for this! =)

    So happy we are following each other via google friend connect. Check back tomorrow for my new Wednesday Challenge!!!! =)

    Oh yes, and I loved your auto correct ~ "catnapping!" Ha, ha!

  2. P.S. Do you have instagram? It's not showing up on your sidewall, but I see the word Instagram!

    1. I do have an instagram, thanks for letting me know that it's not showing up! I'll have to check it out to see if I can fix it. My username is natalieap126. :-)

  3. This is such a good reminder. I need to remember to rest more often too!

    1. It seems like a pretty wide-spread feeling. I hope you ARE able to rest more often. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Natalie! it was so good seeing you at Hobby Lobby :) As we were leaving my girls said, "She's so cute mom!" "I know she is" I said.
    I'll have to start following your blog now! It looks like it's full of deep thoughts - my favorite kind. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Send me a picture!


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