We tell others, and ourselves, “When it settles down, I’ll have time for that.”
It’s not true.
The convenient lie cycles through our heads, surrounds both our work and personal calendars, invites us to accept the urgent duties of the day, and encourages putting off the most important until that time when we show up to nothing but unscheduled calendar time.
Until that time, we say yes to everything and accept the overwhelmed feeling…because when it settles down it’ll all be worth it.
In the meantime, the child grows up. The vacation time is lost. Ballet practice and spelling bees go unseen. That book goes unwritten. The date night is pushed to next week.
Cemeteries are filled with those who lived for “when it settles down.”