Never Too Busy

Wow, so life has been horribly busy lately.  Two weeks ago I substitute taught the lesson in Elders Quorem at church and that was a bit of a pain.  I wasn’t able to relax as much as I wanted that weekend, but it was okay.  I bought some goodies to pass out to try and keep the guys involved with the lesson.  I think I did a pretty good job.  Thankfully there were a few great helpers that volunteered their personal experiences rather than let me struggle up there.

Two days later Elisabeth’s mom came and visited for the week and I picked her up from the airport.  This week was crazy compared to most weeks.  Work was pretty hectic and I left work earlier than I should have too many times.  We also went out to eat a lot more frequently than I am accustomed to and it was a little difficult for me to adjust to.  We were very used to our routine and we weren’t able to do it entirely.  This isn’t to say that it was a bad thing necessarily, just different.  I am perfectly content with my life right now, and the way things are done and how we go about our day-to-day lives.

The next week, which was this last week, was the busiest week I’ve had so far at work.  I worked a solid 50-55 hours this week, and I know that many people work more and yadda yadda, but to me at this job, it was the most so far.  I have worked longer weeks at other jobs before, but this week I was mentally exhausted.  I kept staying late, and I even went yesterday (Saturday) for four or so hours.  I was looking forward to the weekend so much, but it still did not provide the relaxation necessary for me to feel like I had recovered.

Yesterday evening was the first chance I had really gotten to work on my talk that I was asked to give at church this morning.  Elisabeth knew that I was extremely busy last week and she had gathered several resources for me to use for my talk.  This was great.  Unfortunately because I had so little time, I did not get to do some research and actually get something out of my talk.  I feel like I just regurgitated what others have said before me, and I wasn’t able to share many of my own personal experiences.  But, I did it, I gave the talk and everything was good – I think some even liked it.

All I wanted to do was relax after church, but I knew that it would be bad.  I kept my suit on the whole day (not the jacket, that’d be just painful) because I knew that tonight we’d be going to a fireside to participate in a Q&A session with Elder Bednar.  This was awesome.  I was really tempted not to go because I wanted to do nothing more than relax as I feel like I’ve been going non-stop for weeks now.  But we decided to go.  When we got there it was obvious that many others had the same idea as parking was insane.  We parked about 1/4 mile away and walked.  This was definitely a new experience.  We got decent seats next to another couple (also from BYU, crazy!).  The two hour period was fabulous.  It really helped me out to see him in this informal session.  His language and yet also his sincerity reminded me that he is just like one of us, but that he also has the sincere heart and patience required for his position.  It was a great experience, and was worth missing out on relaxation for sure.

I know that I get busy at times and I want to do nothing but veg out.  There are some things that are more important to me though, and there are some things that should be more important to me.  I hope to be able to reflect on this when I am feeling like the only thing I have the energy for is relax.  I’m still young, I will have plenty of time to relax.  This weekend is a 4-day weekend, that will definitely include some relaxation – or will it?

One Response to “Never Too Busy”

  1. we’ll have to see about that relaxing weekend, mister. 😉 Just kidding. You’ve been holding up so well these past few weeks. I am really proud of you and all your accomplishments, particularly with all the distractions you’ve had. You really kept up with work, and in spite of your time limitations, your talk was fabulous.

    My guess is that this will be a good weekend- never fear! 🙂

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