Saturday, May 29, 2010

Knowing your limits.

"What I can do is what I can do and what I can do is enough."
A quote that is in this book. A quote that I have used for over ten years to remind me of my limits when I or others try to make me do more than I know I can do physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.

This morning, at the church, while cleaning, I knew that after I got the stove clean, that was going to be all I could do and not get too tired. With that and the combination of the chemical smells, I knew I had to leave, so I quoted the above to some ladies and told them about the book. They made a 'joke' of it and laughed. I wanted to tell them that they could laugh if they wanted, but I wished I had read that book when I was younger .... before I wore myself out. Maybe I would not have the ailments I now have .... if I had not tried to do everything everyone expected of me! I like a quote a friend told me once a few years ago, "I refuse to buy into the super-woman mentaility"

I saw a yellow butterfly today. It was enjoying our back yard.

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2 comments:

Deborah said...

Amen! Great quote! Sometimes me attempt to be everything to everybody and end up being spreading ourselves too thin.

Connie Lynn said...

Hi Belinda,
"but I wished I had read that book when I was younger .... before I wore myself out. Maybe I would not have the ailments I now have .... if I had not tried to do everything everyone expected of me!" (quoting you)
You know, I still have this book on my shelf and still have not read it! When I do see it I remember why you suggested me to read it. I have the same thoughts on maybe I wouldn't have my health "issues" if God didn't have to get my attention to STOP doing so much when others can do it. Even though I still think about those days and want to do what I used to I realize that I can't. When I get a "reminder" of why God had to get my attention the way he had to, your "words" come to mind and is still an encouragement. I don't remember your exact words but do remember the "message" behind them.
I don't know if I ever had but THANK YOU.