In Others’ Words: In Between

goals and life quote sid caesar 10.11.13 So, how’d the week go for you? Did you accomplish all your goals? Some of them? Did one or two elude you?

But what about the “in between”?

How did you do with living and enjoying life this week?

I admit it: I sometimes get so caught up in the goals — the I wants and the I shoulds and the I mustsย — that I forget to have fun. To relax. Breathe a little. And ensure that the beats of my life include enjoyment.

ย In Your Words: How’d the “in betweens” go for you this week? What did you do to ensure that you lived life and added a dash of en-joy-ment?

Are you focused on the goals & overlooking the “in-betweens”? ย Click to Tweet

How do you add a dash of en-joy-ment to your days? Click to Tweet

 

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17 Comments

  1. October 11, 2013, 7:04 am   /  Reply

    I love this photo art! beautiful image with a GREAT quote. I might ‘enjoy’ too much and not set enough goals ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 11, 2013, 1:10 pm   /  Reply

      Oh, can that ever really happen?

      ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. October 11, 2013, 7:30 am   /  Reply

    I love that quote. And seeing the sun shining through the leaves makes me sigh. Just beautiful.

    I didn’t accomplish all I had hoped to this week, but I’m figuring out what I need to do differently to be more productive. I also am trying to “be” more than “do,” which opens up a little space for enjoying life. With kids home for fall break, I’ll be slowing down some to enjoy time with them, playing games, doing some things together. And writing and meeting goals as I am able.

    I enjoyed by spending some time with friends this week. Always love chatting time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 11, 2013, 1:11 pm   /  Reply

      You know, I didn’t accomplish all I needed or wanted to either. But I realized what I really needed to do was catch my breath. And I enjoyed it.

  3. October 11, 2013, 7:51 am   /  Reply

    Not a week we would want to relive. To put it mildly.

    Between the abysmal lows of a parent’s death, however, there were moments of laughter. They came with acceptance of the wrenching change, and the determination that the good times would not be allowed to fade away.

    Denial and creating a hard shell force away tears, but they force away joy, as well.

    Here endeth the lesson.

    • October 11, 2013, 1:12 pm   /  Reply

      May you find time for both tears and laughter as your embrace and let go, Andrew.
      You are in my prayers.

  4. October 11, 2013, 7:58 am   /  Reply

    Love this, Beth. I met a huge goal this week, so thankfully, I was able to have some wonderfully relaxing “in betweens” afterward. Thanking God for rest. (And for the friends who cheered me through that goal and celebrated with me when it was met!)

    • October 11, 2013, 1:12 pm   /  Reply

      HaPpY dAnCiNg for you and with you, Melissa!

  5. Andrea Cox
    October 11, 2013, 9:06 am   /  Reply

    Beth, great insight. Remembering to slow down and enjoy the moment is something most struggle with, I’d say.

    I’ve played volleyball with friends for nearly ten years now (February will be ten years). That’s my major time of relaxation and enjoyment in the week, especially since I get the chance to play twice a week. But there are so many other little things that make life worth the living (and enjoying), including movie night with my family, working on a writing project, hitting 1700 words one day this week (after a week of struggling to find words), and starting up tennis with my sister and a couple of young friends. Oh, and my job of tutoring middle-schoolers is joyful. So many more that I won’t name, but just know they’re there. God has blessed me so abundantly. How can I complain of anything when He’s been so good to me? (Dear Lord, please help me remember that!)

    Blessings,
    Andrea

    • October 11, 2013, 1:13 pm   /  Reply

      Andrea: Did I ever mention that my youngest kiddo loves volleyball? And we are about to embark upon our first season of club ball! And I plan on enjoying it!

      • October 14, 2013, 10:30 am   /  Reply

        Oh, Beth, how fun! Hope CJ enjoys her first season of club ball. I’ve only played recreationally, except for one tournament. My team got third place, and my sis and I got to keep the trophy. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve been playing for fun for ten years, come February. I’ve been blessed to play with coaches and other guys and gals who had more experience than I did. They all have taught me so much about the game. Recently, one of them complimented me on my defensive skills, so apparently I’m still improving.

        Have a blast watching your daughter play! I know she’ll entertain you well.

  6. October 11, 2013, 9:45 am   /  Reply

    I’ve met my goals this week and I’ve enjoyed a couple good books, coffee on my patio because the weather is too gorgeous not to! And I’ve taken 3 naps! Woot! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend, friend!

    • October 11, 2013, 1:14 pm   /  Reply

      Love naps. LOVE naps. And I’ve enjoyed quite a few this week. PRN — as needed, in medical lingo.

  7. October 11, 2013, 12:07 pm   /  Reply

    After years of trying to get out of “in between” I’ve decided to make it my mailing address. If you’re looking for me, that’s where you’ll find me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 11, 2013, 1:14 pm   /  Reply

      Oh, I’ll be looking for you, Dave. I’ll be looking for you. Something to celebrate coming up soon … like on Monday, eh?

  8. October 11, 2013, 12:54 pm   /  Reply

    Love the photo! You can “feel” the sunshine! It has been a “balanced” week for me, thankfully. Work, family, friends, writing, reading. I love it when I can touch all the bases ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 11, 2013, 1:15 pm   /  Reply

      A home run week, eh, Kathy?
      ๐Ÿ™‚

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