give me details

Up down and around six times and all for what?  It seems, more and more, that people are driven to fill their schedules with work and dates and trips and projects and whatever else comes to mind.  The end result? We’re experimenting and working and leading lives that are, well, busy.

And busy is better than boring, right?  The old saying goes that ‘if you’re bored, you’re boring’ and no one wants that. 

I had brunch with friends this weekend and phrases like ‘I don’t know where the time goes’ and ‘there’s just too much to do’ popped up throughout the meal.  Worrisome words, if you ask me, because there’s not much time for focusing on the details when you’re rushing to and fro.
And the details are the important things, right?  Don’t just have a conversation with your friend, listen to what they say and how they say it and leave space for a big laugh or three.  When you’re baking a cake, enjoy the process and make sure you share a piece or two with a neighbor. And when it comes to work?  Take your time on projects and note how you could do better or improve your process. Image
There won’t be time for everything when you slow down and focus on the details.  And, if you ask me, that’s a good thing.  Thoreau says we should “simplify, simplify, simplify” in order to focus on things that fill us with passion and give us purpose.  I couldn’t agree more – quality over quantity every single time.  Image
I made valentine’s for friends the other day, and I was thinking about quality and quantity in relation to social media.  Social media isn’t one area where we’re encouraged to simplify, is it?  On the contrary, it’s constant parade of connections and follows and friends and likes.  We might have 1,500 friends or 17,000 followers, but how do we judge the quality of those relationships?  Could you send all your online friends a handmade valentine? Image

15 thoughts on “give me details

  1. Last night in my preaching class, because I had pointed out that we did not pray last week, I was picked to offer the opening teaching and prayer. Basically, your post is what I said (but with more Bible and Christian-ese)!

  2. This is so true, Jennifer! I feel like half the time I’m rushing around with my head cut off like a chicken and the other half I’m like a zombie trying to recover from said business. I’m really trying to work on finding balance by simplifying–far easier said than done, though 🙂

  3. This is one post to read every single day! Simplifying is the only solution to find the peace and happiness we all need to enjoy and create the details of life!! I’m going to consciously and consistently work on this!! Thank you for the reminder! 🙂

  4. I could not agree more! The last couple years I’ve really simplified after finding I was committed to SO many things I didn’t enjoy any of them any more. Sometimes you just need to enjoy the little things first.

    And love love that Goethe quote.

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