"Learn My Lesson"

(by Daughtry) Learn My Lesson - Leave This Town

Learn My Lesson by Daughtry on Grooveshark

Though today's song is talking about relationships, I've been thinking about it as I've been singing these lyrics to myself, "You'd think that I'd learn my lesson by now..." Plus I haven't posted a Daughtry song in a loooong time, so I thought it was a good idea...

Anyways, this is probably not news to most of you, but sometimes I overcommit myself. And I now realize that I need to stop taking on more responsibility than I can [or need to] handle. I'm not exactly sure what that looks like, though. I don't plan on quitting anything that I'm currently involved in. But for starters, I'm going to begin saying something along the lines of, "What does that entail?" before I commit to something. I know that seems simple, but I don't guess it has ever crossed my mind to ask that.

If you can't tell, I've been doing a little introspection this week. When friends have asked me how I'm doing lately, my most common response has been, "Overwhelmed." And I don't think that's how God wants me to feel. Yesterday, I did something that isn't typical for me: I decided to stop doing something that I was in the middle of doing. It is typical for me to get distracted while in the middle of something or get called away from doing something & not get back to it. But I pretty much never just decide to stop doing something. And it was liberating.

Brooke, please don't get mad at me, but what I stopped doing yesterday was running. I didn't stop forever (though I'm not sure I'll continue after Kirby's run); I just stopped for the moment. Because I realized that there are a lot of things in life that I have to do. Some of these things are good, some are bad, some are hard, some are time-consuming, and some are neutral. And yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed by a few of those things that I had to do. And I realized that running wasn't one of them. I didn't have to run, so I stopped. I've done the training program & completed 3 miles in less than 30 minutes. I'll survive Kirby's 5K whether I completed yesterday's run or not. So I didn't complete it. And it felt good.

I don't know why I feel compelled to tell y'all about it. I'm probably posting this more for myself than anything. God has me in this place of adjusting and stretching. I'm not real sure what the end result will be, but the subject of this post is one of the lessons I'm learning along the way. What has God been showing you lately?



Zion said…
That's right! That is not how God wants you to feel. Good for you for recognizing that and addressing it. It's a big deal acutally.
Brooke said…

J/K - i know the feeling! running is my sanity so its what HAS to stay, but i've been where you are too often!
Anonymous said…
I'm kind of randomly reading your posts (I'm catching up, as I haven't been reading blogs for a few months!). I can relate to what you're sharing here. I can't handle very much on my plate, and I think that's because of the season of life I'm in, with all the kids being so young. So what may look like just 3 committments can be just enough to set me over the top. I'm learning to evaluate as well, and to do my best to slow down. :)

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