what matters in my life… the golf balls

You will not understand why the golf balls in my life matter until you watch this video: The Empty Pickle Jar. Right now in my life I find my emotions change daily or even moment to moment. I am sure it is because I have a lot to do before I go on maternity leave and also all that I still need to do to prepare for our baby’s arrival in 2 months! One moment I am calm, thankful, and at peace. Then out of nowhere, my day gets busy at work or at home and I feel overwhelmed, anxious, and scattered. Yesterday I felt the latter. It was as if the world around me was spinning so fast that I had to sit down, breathe, and remind myself that I can manage the stress and regain my footing. But for some reason, I just couldn’t. My mind was constantly going and I still had so much to complete on my to-do list; it made me feel uneasy. Then I came across an email my friend G emailed me 2 months ago with a link to a video that she suggested I watch. I thought what better time to watch it than when I needed something to rescue me from my madness. After watching it, it was just what I needed. I watched it several times to be reminded of the message: the golf balls are what matters in my life: Daniel, our baby, family, friends, faith, and health. Everything else is secondary or even trivial. People always remind me of this, but yet my focus turns to the non-golf balls in my life and then I need to be reminded again. In this case, via a video! I wish this weren’t so. I wish on a daily basis I would always make the golf balls in my life a priority and maintain their status well. I think this would help me be happier and less stressed.

Do you have a suggestion on how to do this? Why do you think we focus on the non-golf balls in our lives as a priority when at the end of the day they have less worth?

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hi :) i'm reaksmey (reeks-may) and I love to think, reflect, and grow. do you? my life includes a handsome husband and a lively infant. here's where i write about how i grow through life's ups and downs so that i can humbly encourage you daily.
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4 Responses to what matters in my life… the golf balls

  1. sdbeachgirl says:

    Try this:  buy some golf balls (or just pick some up from around a golf course ;)), get some paint and a paint brush (or just nail polish) and write on each ball one of the important “thing” in your life (Daniel, the baby, faith, etc) and put the golf balls around your house as a reminder of what’s most important :) hee hee  You can do the same with river rocks/small stones

  2. JennylouRaya says:

    My busybody book planner. There are 5 slots hat cross the days of the week and for everyday, i fill in so that I can write one thing I have to do for each. 5 slots are hubby, kids, home, business, me. It helps me balance out bc I don’t like blank squares.

  3. AstridKurniawan says:

    To answer your question about why we focus on the non-golf balls in our lives when they have less worth:  I’ve literally considered this question in my mind, but ultimately I think it is part of our nature to get somewhat complacent about the things that we know to be there for us time and time again. I don’t think it makes it right, this is just the explanation that I have for it.  Additionally, I find that not understanding what the golf balls in our lives are truly make it difficult to prioritize properly. When things are new, the novelty in and of itself makes us more desiring of their approval.  We may place something that will never become a permanent golfball in our lives to be one for that temporary time. 

  4. Kelly says:

    I found that after having kids, it’s easier to focus on the golf balls because 1) you can’t ignore your baby’s needs (it won’t let you) 2) you can’t do it all, so boundaries and choices are a lot simpler. Hang in there with these last two crazy months, and let us know if there is anything we can go to ease the burdens.

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