If you’d just like the take-a-ways, here they are — the six ways to live within limits that I am discovering for myself. I hope this will help you, too.
- Set a reasonable number of specific, attainable tasks to accomplish each day. This is the starting place for living within limits. Remember, specific and attainable.
- Build in margin between tasks and resist the urge to fill that space with more tasks. Take a break. Go on a walk. Stretch. Pray the Lord’s Prayer, slowly. Enjoy nature. Draw a leaf.
- Check my pulse occasionally. Not of my physical heart, but my spiritual heart. Am I anxious? Am I at peace? Do I feel behind? What is the source of the stress? Why do I feel stressed? Am I trying to do too much and too quickly?
- Gauge how fast I walk. Slow down. I’m not in a race. Unless I am in a race. But I’m usually not. So, slow down.
- Watch how quickly I type. Strangely, I have found that the pace of my typing can be an indicator of my heart RPMs. Am I having to go back and make corrections because I’m typing too fast? Slow down.
- Notice how I speak. Is the pace of my words controlled or are my words outpacing my thoughts, causing me to stumble, stutter, or just talk too quickly? How quickly I talk is another barometer of the condition of my heart and whether I am living within emotional limits, or driving at a reasonable RPM.
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