One thing we all have to learn is how much we can fit on a line of writing. When we are writing a class assignment or a note, we need to decide what will fit on the current line and what must go to the next line. We have all tried to make it fit. The last word ends up smushed up and against the edge. If your writing is like mine, it is often illegible. The same thing happens in our lives. We try to cram too much onto a day, week, or season. Then, we find the quality of our work and our lives diminishes. If we leave enough space, then things are not as cramped. We have a margin, just like on our writing.
Do you have enough margin in your life, or are you cramming in too much?
Below, Mixhael Hyatt quotes Richard Swenson. May you be encourages to create margins in you own life.
In his excellent book, Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, Richard Swenson, M.D. describes margin like this: Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating. Margin is the opposite of overload. If we are overloaded we have no margin. Most people are not quite sure when they pass from margin to overload. Threshold points are not easily measurable and are also different for different people in different circumstances. We don’t want to be under-achievers (heaven forbid!), so we fill our schedules uncritically. Options are as attractive as they are numerous, and we overbook. If we were equipped with a flashing light to indicate “100 percent full,” we could better gauge our capacities. But we don’t have such an indicator light, and we don’t know when we have overextended until we feel the pain. As a result, many people commit to a 120 percent life and wonder why the burden feels so heavy. It is rare to see a life prescheduled to only 80 percent, leaving a margin for responding to the unexpected that God sends our way.