Yep...so that is what has been on my mind lately. Cutting things out. Adding things in. Intentionally noticing where improvements are needed.
I've started to realize that although I do many good things some of them aren't necessarily the best or take time away where it is more importantly needed. I've been letting some things start to slip from my routine or at least not be so high on my list. It has been good. I am looking forward to a continued journey of simplifying.
This all started from this talk - Desire by Elder Dallin H. Oaks. I actually sat down and started writing down what my desires are and then I realized that what I was really writing down was what my desires SHOULD be. Some of them match the actions that I take and some I realized I am not truly following through with. I realized that some of the ways I was using time showed that different desires were somehow eeking up on my priority list. Not good.
So of course while I was thinking on what I desired most and what I desire to BECOME I thought back to another one of my favorite Conference gems: What Manner of Men and Women Ought You to Be? by Elder Lynn G. Robbins.
My brain and my heart and my spirit have been churning with all of these ideas of simplifying, righteous desires, and becoming who I can become. It has turned into a mush of goodness and still has me making changes and pondering and trying to grasp what needs to be done and what needs not to be done, and where things need to slip and where things need to expand or be emphasized. I sense a great push to simplify life and yet a great push to expand spirtual things and be more intentional and present at each stage of rearing my children.
After much of this reading and thinking and pondering was done I went and read this talk - Daughters of God by Elder M. Russell Ballard. So good.
It is time to focus my desires, simplify my life, and strive to become better in very specific and intentional ways. Off to work (well, off to bed of now but you know what I mean).