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From: Saysfaa (
Subject:         Smell Up and Wake the Coffee
Date: October 1, 2008 at 6:32 am PST

here is a thought for the day...

"Margin is the amount available beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies and unanticipated situations." Richard A Swenson

I'm rereading his book Margin, the first time changed my life. I started looking for ways to reset my perspecitive to living within a margin instead of all the way to the edge. Of course, some of the time life actually gets lived at the edge because the unanticipated happens. Before I would be at the edge as a normal mode and there was no space for the unanticipated.

Today, the sun is shining and it is cool enough for a sweatshirt... my favorite weather.

The last few days have been hard. Does anyone else have problem with "as much as you can?" Last night, I was asking my family and some of my friends, "how can I stop caring so much?" but that isn't really the solution. I think it comes down to margin. I need to find a way to define how much I can, and then just do what I can and leave the rest to God.

This is about specific things, but I think the specifics don't matter, it applies to anything that is reaching the edges of one's reserves. (Reserves come in several flavors. Swenson lists four main ones: emotional, physical, time, and finances.)

Okay, my ramblings are not part of the thought for the day, :o) , they are just ramblings.

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