I feel like we're given too many things to do and not enough time to do them on purpose. It forces us to really decide what's most important to us and really figure out what we want out of life.
It's kind of a hard principle for me to accept. :)
There are so many things that I want to do, and a lot of things that I need to do, and then more things that I must do. For example, I want to finish a painting I started a year ago, and I need to get ready to teach sharing time tomorrow, but I really must change these kids diapers so they don't get diaper rash.
Sometimes I get frustrated that I spend so much of my time on the immediate demands of my kids that I'm not able to make it to many of the things that I'd like to do, like painting, crafting, sewing, reading, etc. But really, this is an unusual time of life. Babies are just really time consuming, and as they get a little older, I'll have a little bit more freedom. I've just gotta hold on for now and do the best I can.
At the same time, I need to be honest with myself that I'm never going to be able to do everything that I'd like to. SO - that's where prioritizing and balancing comes in. These are a few articles that I think are helpful in trying to do that:
Good, Better, and Best - Dallin Oaks
Prioritizing Goals and Letting Some Go
Women's Conferene - Julie Beck
Staying Balanced While Life is Full
When it comes down to it, what I want most out of life is a family. I want to do the best I can for my kids. That doesn't mean I'll never be able to finish my painting, it just might take a couple more years. and honestly, I'm okay with that. ... for now. :)