Today I love margin...no, no, no, not margARine! Margin. (besides, I am a butter girl from way back. Margarine...ick!) Margin...you know, that little extra space at the edge of your paper?
Margin...you know, that little extra time you give yourself before an appointment?
Margin...you know, that little extra space you give yourself and the car in front of you when you are driving? The wiggle room you add into your budget, just in case? The day you add on to a vacation to make sure you have a day to recover...and do laundry? The 5 minutes that you get up early so you don't have to rush headlong into your day? You know, margin.
I was talking this morning with a friend and listening to her express the same concerns I have...not enough time to get done what needs to get done in our busy lives. Not enough margin. Now, she's a pastor's wife. Guaranteed to be a busy person. I teach middle school. Need I say more? Teachers lead busy lives by definition, don't they?
It has been a month since I first hit that scary orange publish button and started this blog, at the same time declaring to the world my desire to have more balance in my life. I believe I am loving margin today because as book club met yet again tonight, and yet again I did not have the book finished on time, I am realizing, yet again, how precious little margin I still have in my life.
I am also loving it though, because as hard as it is for me, I really have carved out a few caches of margin this spring break week, both physically and mentally. What you see above is a perfectly clear section of our kitchen counter. We saved so much money on our stove at the auction last week that we went ahead and bought a brand new above the range microwave to replace our 22 year old one. Thus, the newly cleared off counter. Granted, The Man had the new wave installed by Saturday, and I just today found the counter underneath the old one, but I am protecting it like a mama bear watches over her cubs. It is my margin...it is my space. Don't touch it!
The other cache of margin I have carved out came earlier this week as I had breakfast with a friend one day and lunch with a different friend a different day. It comes again tomorrow when I head south to Chillicothe with some more friends to Creations Sew Clever (I love that name!) to attend their Friday Sit n' Sew. I started putting together a quilt top the last time these friends and I headed south to Sit n' Sew and guess when the last time I worked on that quilt was? Yeah, you guessed it. That day. In August.
So...I have some more balancing to do. But I'm trying...honest I am. And guess what! I am halfway done with my Christmas letter! See, there's hope! Talk to me friends...where is your margin? What do you cut out of your day? Tell me your secrets for keeping things in balance. What do you give up to gain some breathing room, some thinking space, some margin?