Thursday, April 16, 2009

Look at my hat collection!

We all wear a ridiculous number of hats.

Ah, well, proverbial hats that is. I'm not a big hat wearer myself, it usually just messes up my hair, but a cute hat is awesome at times:-)

But anyway, I'm referring to the "roles" we play in life.

No one person is just one thing. I, for example, am a Child of God, a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a writer, an employee, a manager, a co-worker, a friend, a housekeeper, a babysitter, a dog-sitter, a church-goer, a missionary, a counselor, a nurse, a chauffeur, a photographer, a cook, a travel agent, and... a blogger.

And those are just the things I could think of off the top of my head. While most of them are smaller roles, some take up more of my time and are more important than others. None the less, these are the roles that at some point, I have to juggle.

I think the problem we *all* have is figuring out how to juggle all of these, especially when more than one demands our attention at the same time. What do you do when everything needs done at the same time and you only have two hands?

The answer, of course, is to a.) prioritize and b.) delegate.

And, I'll throw out another not-so-popular answer: Let something go. *shudder*

I know, it's hard for us to purposely drop a ball. We feel like a failure. We weren't able to do it all and that makes us less than perfect. Crud.

NEWSFLASH! You weren't perfect to begin with! Sorry to burst your bubble but...

Jesus is the only perfect one. The rest of us are going to drop a few balls now and again. And I've decided that I'd rather drop a few, than to be juggling so many that they all come crashing down around me.

I think that's how I've been feeling lately. I'm Super Wonder Woman, dadgumit! I should be able to juggle everything with my eyes closed and only my pinky's while I stand on a baseball and wear a tutu (ohhhh, bad visual, nevermind!)

What can I drop? Hrm.... this is the hard part! I want everything to get done! Blah!

Over the next few posts, I'm going to delve a bit deeper into *my* hats and how to prioritize them, in hopes that MY attempt at organizing will encourage YOU to do a little spring cleaning in your own life.

So, come on, dish it! What are your hats? Do you have an overwhelming collection, or are you managing just fine?

If you're managing fine, then please, please share your secrets with the rest of us! If you're not... then please share, because misery loves company right? *grin*

5 comments:

Jody Hedlund said...

Great analogy! I have so many hats too: daughter of Christ, wife, mother, child trainer, homemanager, writer, friend, leader of women's group, homeschool teacher, blogger,etc., etc.!!

I'll look forward to your tips on how to spring clean our lives! Sounds refreshing! :)

Cindy said...

I can completely relate to your post. I feel like I have about a million hats. Though they are relatively few, particularly because I am able to stay at home with the kids instead of adding an outside of the home job to the mix, most of them are important to me. I recently starting helping out with the worship team at church, which means a lot to me and is a place I feel I am supposed to be. But because of that, I have to balance my schedule more carefully. Still trying to figure it out but the first option I like, prioritize! I can't wait to keep reading the ways you manage balance in your life!

lynnrush said...

hats. Oh my. So many. Now, I have less because I don't have kids. So, no Mom, driver, etc. I'm still a housekeeper, that's for sure.

First, I'm a child of Christ then a wife to my hubby. Thirdly, a writer. The rest, I just let fall in when they can.

Like, last night, date night with the hubby. Sure, I could have cleaned up the house, cooked dinner, packed for my trip I'm leaving for tonight...but WIFE comes first before the rest of that.

It's hard juggling, isn't it? Great post.

Karin said...

My husband and I had this chat when I decided to quit working full-time. Two weeks later he was diagnosed with cancer and I had to figure out what mattered most. This is what I figured out:

- I will always be God's child and Matt's wife. They come first. Period.

- Whatever God asks me to DO comes next. I was a student, an event planner...now I'm a writer. That comes next.

- Everything else gets lumped together. I love family and friends, but when it's crunch time I pray about it and revert back to my previous post (do whatever God tells me to do).

I've also decided to do whatever it takes to be the best Christian, wife, and writer I can be. If that means I have to hire someone to clean my house (even though I'm in it CONSTANTLY) then I have to do it.

I can't thank God enough for a husband who supports all of this!

Jaime said...

Hats. Mine are falling off the shelves and definitely off my head! :) LOL

Wife, career-lady-putting-dh-thru-divinity-school, youth leader, sunday school teacher, rock climber, aunt, and on and on ...

how DO you juggle the hats!?!?