be still.

Be still & know that I am God… Psalm 46:10 (KJV)


©tracey bratton



To-do lists are great -I love them! I’m a list person.

How is your to-do list affecting your balance in life?

If you’re the primary caregiver in the home, your list helps keep you focused & organized. You may believe that keeping your kids in all sorts of activities is necessary to help keep them balanced. Let me guess: there’s softball, baseball, soccer, football, band, cheer-leading, dance, piano, violin, guitar, gymnastics, church activities, school, homework, tutoring, clubs, organizations, volunteering…; and then there’s the stuff you have to do: cooking, cleaning, laundry, lawn care, shopping, writing, clubs, organizations, volunteering, working…; and, if applicable, there’s the stuff your significant other has to do… If you’re a grandparent, there’s the above list, and the stuff you have to do.

busy. busy. busy.

If you’re an executive or professional, your to-do list helps you organize & manage your day. It keeps you focused on the task at hand, & then the next, & then the next. Your stuff might include: meetings, proposals, presentations, lunches & dinners with clients, supervision, got to reach the top, got be number 1; & then there’s this this stuff: organizations, volunteering, church, campaigning…; & then there’s the stuff at home: cooking, cleaning, shopping, lawn care… If you have a significant other and/or kids, there’s the stuff they have to do. If you’re a grandparent, there’s the above list, and the stuff you have to do.

busy. busy. busy.

Busyness can be beneficial & it definitely gets things done. But what is busyness doing to your balance? If your busyness is focused on your to-do list, where is your balance? Helping others certainly nurtures the soul & is beneficial to the mind, but are you exhausted & stressed out? How is this exhaustion & stress affecting your mind, body, & soul? If you tend to wrap yourself up in the concept of busyness, & stress & fatigue set in, how much will you actually be able to accomplish? Not much! You’ll begin to lose the focus your to-do list is meant to give. Thoughts become disorganized. Your body will be tired. Your mind will be tired. Your soul will be tired. You won’t have much to offer yourself or anyone else at this point.

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “What am I missing out on in all this busyness?”

Well, be still & do it now.

(here’s a list)

  • Did I do something for my mind today?
    • try learning a new word, doing a puzzle, or reading (an actual book)
  • Did I do something for my body today?
    • try getting your intake of quality H²O, not skipping meals, & maybe Tai Chi or Yoga
  • Did I do something for my soul today?
    • try reading a daily devotion of your religious preference, pray, or meditate
  • Am I a role model for balance or busyness?
    • keep your to-do list, but try to take a few things off so you’re not missing life’s precious moments
  • Did I miss something simple, but spectacular because I was busy?
    • When was the last time you had a date night with your significant other, visited your elderly parents/grandparents, or just stopped & played with your kids


A good thing about the stuff on this list is, that nurturing one area of self can benefit others: mind, body & soul. Try taking off some of the busyness from your list, be still, & enjoy the moment. Once this moment has past, it’s gone, you can’t add to your next to-do list.

What can you remove from your to-do list so that you can be still?



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