When Enough is Enough

I set a goal for the summer. I didn’t make it. Should I be hard on myself or not?

An important part of Box Lunch Lifestyle is learning—or remembering—how to listen to ourselves, and then trust what we hear.

Some of you probably know that I set a reading goal at the beginning of summer. There were about a dozen books sitting on my shelf that I just never seemed to get around to. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, each would finally get its chance.

As you can see, I was not completely successful. There were still quite a few titles in the Book Cup today.

 
The best book I read this summer?   Consider the Women   by my friend Debbie Blue. It’s amazing, and I don’t think you need to be a “church-y person” to appreciate the message: women have power.

The best book I read this summer? Consider the Women by my friend Debbie Blue. It’s amazing, and I don’t think you need to be a “church-y person” to appreciate the message: women have power.

 

Maybe you’re like me. I tend to be hard on myself. But a Box Lunch Lifestyle is a chance to be gentler: to practice listening honestly and trusting what I hear.

Did I miss my goal because I was using my time to do something else truly worthwhile? Or did the opportunity get stolen by “louder” things?

And when I answer these questions how—honestly—do I feel? Looking back, was I making satisfying choices? Or do I feel like I came up short? I’m the one setting the standards here (not the world). Am I honestly and truly meeting my own expectations?

If we listen honestly, and trust what we hear and feel, that’s as good as it gets. It isn’t always easy, but it will be real. Because it’s your answer to your question. It’s what matters to YOU.