My obsessive-compulsive, type-A, perfectionistic personality has struck again.
What a learning process. Not only am I learning a glut of information about writing and editing, I'm learning loads about myself.
My most recent bout of self discovery? I have a tendency to let my life get out of balance. (Okay, I already knew this. Now you know that I spend a large portion of my life re-learning things.)
Yes, I want to finish this novel. Yes, I want it to be the best it can be at this stage of my writing journey. But when I allow it to consume me, I lose perspective, joy and peace. I gain weight (ARGHH!). I become discontented, grouchy and selfish. (Gee, didn't I just paint a lovely self-portrait? Don't you want to be my friend? :0)
When I allow my life to get out of whack like this, I believe it dishonors God. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly (to the full, to overflowing). When I lose joy, peace, love and contentment, I'm not living the way He wants me to live.
Here are some questions I've written down for myself, so I can periodically do a "heart-check" to make sure I'm staying balanced. Maybe they'll help you in your own quest for balanced living.
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