A few weeks ago I found this quote on Pinterest (have you found Pinterest yet? No? Go there... find me. I'm nic073). I love it (the quote that is. I do love Pinterest but that's not what this post is about). It absolutely is the whole honest to goodness truth. I mirror this quote with the hobbies and activities I choose to fill my time with and it is true... if it is important, I find a way. All else, I tend to find an excuse. I hear a lot of people say "I don't have the time to ________ (insert activity of choice)" and in my mind I think... no, you just don't view it as a priority. If it were important to you to ____________, you would find a way. You would rearrange your schedule. You'd make time. You'd drop other time-clutter activities and find a way for those that are important.
I've done this a lot this year. There are a lot of things I have made excuses for, as well, and have realized it is because those things aren't my priorities. And that's okay. Are there things I've dropped that I feel a bit guilty about? Sure. But to me it is part of my Word. Simplicity. Finding the simplicity among the clutter... the mind clutter, the home clutter, the time clutter. It is a work in progress, and I'm sure there are things I will be deleting off my list of To-Do's and things I will be adding, but each and every one I have found I am analyzing and calculating just how it fits into this scheme of life that I find important.
So I've caught myself quite a few times making excuses... saying "I can't because..." or "I wish I had...." or "If only..." and I have been acknowleding the underlying reason for my excuses. That these things just aren't important to me right now in the grand scheme of things. Sure there might be a time in the future I want to exercise more diligantly or learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. But for now, I realize those things aren't my priority and that's okay with me.