I realize that where I live is a gift and blessing. My house sits on the edge of a large wooded area and I have a big yard. With large Oak trees. Beautiful trees that offer gifts. They provide wonderful shade in the winter and hide the house from overhead satellite shots. Come Autumn, they gift the ground with a blanket of leaves, that must be dealt with on Spring’s arrival.
Did I mention I have a big yard, with a lot of trees that means an enormous amount of leaves? If I had a nickle for every leaf that fell, but I don’t. What I do have, is the need to clear the yard. Last year I mulched the leaves and left them. This past winter too many limbs fell. Mingled with the leaves they are hidden dangers waiting to happen. As well as the rocks and what ever other items the dogs have dragged into the yard from the porch. That means raking. My big yard. With all those Oak trees.
A couple of years ago when I was let go from my job I knew I needed something to do so, I began clearing away years worth of neglect and collections. During his life my husband was one of those, “don’t get rid of that we may need it’ people. We never needed many things so they were hauled away during that time. I come up with a plan and did my yard work a section at a time. Which is what I am doing now. Breaking it down in that way, makes it more manageable and less overwhelming.
I also try to live my life that way. Taking events and responsibilities in sections making them easier to handle. When my son was in trade school that is how that school operated. They would focus for a set amount of weeks on a certain topic. It fully saturated the students on that topic and how to handle anything that may arise. My thoughts, are that if we took the time to study and plan on the best way to face a situation, then we can accomplish the desired results. It may be something we can comprehend in a short time, or it may take a while of studying and preparations. Jesus took three years to teach His disciples what they needed to know. Not everything has to be done immediately. There are instances when taking your time is better.
When we put the work into the projects before us, the results are not only in the finished product, but in the transformation we undergo. We gain a greater understanding of the project. We see our own strengths. We grow in many ways. The list goes on and on, the important thing, is taking time to work out the best way to accomplish the task before us.