I hear a lot of people talking about finding planner peace. I find this both amusing and alarming. I want to tell you a little secret. Lean in.
Since there is no perfect planner, you’ll find no planner peace.
Nothing this side of eternity is perfect, nothing here will satisfy you always. We are a restless people. Always seeking, never satisfied. We do it with every aspect of our lives. Once we can accept that this dis-contentedness leads us to distraction, we can begin to seek instead to be content and grateful for what is available now and get on with the business of living…and planning. Recognize this: satisfaction is but for a season, seasons change, as do we; as do our needs, and so shall our desires, goals and planner passions.
If you accept that your planner is like partner, able to change, adapt, be flexible, then you will be free of the need to find something that is elusive anyway.
All this you say, I am one who is guilty myself! I love the promise found in new planner pages, Mondays, and New Years! I love the fresh starts, new beginnings and hope of a spiffy new layout for my weekly view on two pages. Or one.
1. I have changed planner pages 3 times in the past 5 months.
2. I have switched my planner 5 times in the last 6 months.
3. Prior to writing this post, I was at a local bookstore, looking at, among other things, 2015 planners.
It’s the last quarter of the year. The holidays will soon be upon us. Let’s stay focused on finishing the year well, enjoying time with friends, family and loved ones. Let’s own our peace and embrace it from within. The one who has planned our days since time began, is our peace! Hang onto that truth. Reject anything that would seek to steal your peace, or cause you to look in all the wrong places for it!
A Practical Tip: Instead of seeking “planner peace” in a planner, or striving to find the ever elusive perfect planner (like the Great Pumpkin) choose to be at peace with the choice of planner you have already made. Commit to whatever pages you are using already, or recommit if you need to.
Quotes to Ponder:
“This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.” ~St. Augustine
Great are you, O Lord, and exceedingly worthy of praise; your power is immense, and your wisdom beyond reckoning. And so we men, who are a due part of your creation, long to praise you – we also carry our mortality about with us, carry the evidence of our sin and with it the proof that you thwart the proud. You arouse us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is unquiet until it rests in you. ~St. Augustine
A Prayer for Today: Lord, thank you that you have created us and we are restless until we do rest in thee. Help us to seek you for peace and not seek peace in all the wrong places. Thank you for creating each one of us according to your indescribable beauty and riches in Christ Jesus, Our Lord. May our planning be filled with peace, patience and perseverance, as we continue to trust in your faithfulness. Lord, God I praise you for your faithfulness.
This is Day 30 of the series Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips
I wrote an INTRO POST here explaining everything!
I have also made designated a PAGE for it. Hope this makes it easy. I am happy to tackle a topic, or issue with regard to your planner habits.
Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me.
I pray this series is a blessing to you.