There’s no such thing as being too busy. If it’s important to you, you’ll make time.

Few quotes stick with me more than this, and it makes regular appearances in my life due to the choices that I make. “Busy” is defined as, “having a great deal to do” or “to keep occupied”, depending on its usage. Do I truly have a great deal to do when I don’t go to church, and am I just keeping myself occupied when I am avoiding that awkward but necessary conversation with a friend? Probably not.

Every profession has its crazy moments, and every role in life has those days that take the starch out of us… but how do we deal with those moments and how do we teach those around us to deal? I am a true believer that what we make time for and give our energy to tells a story about who we are.

The greatest example of this from my life is the supper table. My parents made us sit down as a family every night, just the four of us, at the table, not a screen in sight, focused on each other and our lives together. Yes, there were odd nights that it devolved into whipped cream fights or tears because I had to finish my Brussels sprouts, but I left that table (after asking to be excused) knowing that those moments were valuable.

Do I take time for what is important today? I think I do, but I know I fall down. I just have to keep reminding myself the most essential step is to not let the world get a hold and drag me into its quagmire of excuses. It’s difficult but oh-so-rewarding. And I still haven’t finished my Brussels sprouts.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29

Jeff Ludditt
Grade 5/6 Teacher