Let the Practical Serve the Relational

March 18, 2014

in the generous life

I have had a window open on my browser for several days now. It’s open to a post from A Holy Experience with this little bit highlighted.

Centering an entire day around productivity or effectiveness as a goal equaled very little focus on other people. On relationships.

I get this. I can get so run over by my “to do” list that I wonder where the day went and who the strangers are in my life.

I’ve been mulling over it and wondering how do I get the needful stuff done and still be relational? I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to start my day with relational goals in mind and let my practical “to do” list serve the relational goals.

Laundry is something “to do,” but it serves me and those people that I love ~ so we can go to work, play, dress up, etc. Fixing a meal is something “to do” (as is shopping for the food and cleaning up after the meal), but it allows me to share a meal and connect with my sweetie (and possibly friends).

It’s an attitude changer for me. It is also slowly and subtly changing what I do with my time. I’m ending my days happier and closer to those with whom I share my life.

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Gaye @CalmHealthySexy March 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm

This is a great reminder, Lori. The purpose of almost everything we do should be loving, caring for or serving people.

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