Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Slowing Down!

By Lynn Parsons

Ever since I heard President Uchtdorf speak about slowing down, it's been preying on my mind.

Last year, I had 80 students on my caseload (I make sure they get the right services, do their paperwork, meet with parents, do testing, etc.). This year I have 111. That means lots of (unpaid) overtime. So, I get home late . . . .

I decided to get my PhD last summer in a reaction to an empty nest. It will also allow me to take a university position . . . with no overtime! But right now, it gives me homework to do.

Thanksgiving means a full house plus grandpa & future daughter in law. Plus 3 November birthdays.

When I started the classes, I didn't know my younger son would be getting married in December. He's also graduating. That means attending his sealing and reception in Logan, followed by Christmas in Logan, then a race back to Texas followed by a reception here!

So, I'm making Christmas plans (and buying presents) for 9 adults and two grandchildren. Plus two stray adults we've picked up along the way. That's going to be one full rental house!

I was trying to rush through the classes and finish sooner, but President Uchtdorf told me to slow down.

I've also decided to change my approach. Instead of letting what I have to do prey on my mind, I've decided to mind my prayers.

I'll let you know how it all turns out!

5 comments:

  1. And you will be blessed for it. Good luck to you. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. I loved his talk too and have been pondering it often.

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  3. Guess I'd better go listen to it. I think I need the advice.

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  4. Loved that talk...and need to look it up and listen again. Seems like we have a lot in common: school, extra people, mom stuff...life is grand! Good for you for listening and setting priorities. Thanks for the example.

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  5. I didn't listen to the talk. But you are a good juggler, I couldn't do it all. Keep me updated.

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