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Just When I Think I Got Everything Covered (standard:humor, 903 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Apr 17 2022Views/Reads: 169/78Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
This is something to think about, and I have tried to apply it to my life, particularly my spiritual life. When I think I have everything covered in my spiritual life, I discover something I haven’t done.

I like to have an organized life. I must confess that my idea of
organization is not The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage's idea. We 
may share many things, but not planning and organization. 

When she begins a project, it is well planned and organized down to the
tiniest detail, and she never stops until it is finished. (I think she 
is still working on me.) 

On the other side of the parsonage, there is a different attitude about
planning and organization. 

I get an idea and think about it for a long time. Then when I feel the
time is right, I begin the project. It makes no difference if I'm at 
the beginning of the project or the end. The only thing that matters is 
that I am working on “The Project.” So I jump in and begin working on 
that project. 

One afternoon while in the middle of a project, The Gracious Mistress of
the Parsonage came into my office and said, “What are you doing?” 

This was rather sudden and caught me off guard, and I had to stop and
think a little bit and ask myself the question, “What am I doing?” 
After thinking for a little while, I look up at her and say, “I'm 
working on one of my projects.” I thought that would settle the matter. 

But it did not satisfied her, and she asked, “What specific project are
you working on right now? And, when will you be finished?” 

I never know why she needs to know such personal information. At the
time, I had to come up with some response to her question, and it may 
not be exactly what I'm doing. 

I have a bunch of projects I work on throughout the week. For example, I
have a sermon, a weekly newspaper column, a magazine article and a book 
that I am working on. 

I must confess there are times I mix them up and get a little bit
confused, and my whole week is spent trying to un-confuse my 
organizational catastrophe. 

Once I went back to my wife's craft room, which I stay away from as much
as possible, and saw she was working. I smiled and asked her bluntly, 
“What are you doing?” I was hoping to catch her off guard. 

I wasn't quite prepared for the answer because, for the next 30 minutes,
she explained to me her project from beginning to end, and when she was 
done, I had no idea what she was doing. So I don't ask her that 
question ever again. 

I'm not into crafts like she is. I would not know one craft from
another, but she is quite an expert on that. 

Looking into her craft room one time when she was away, I noticed how
well organized it was. Everything was in its place and a place for 
everything. It would take me many years to get my office as well 
organized as hers. 

One thing I have to deal with in my office is when I think I got
everything covered, and I realize everything is wrong. So looking at a 
project that I'm working on, you would think I had half a dozen 
projects on the table. 

One of my problems is concentration. I may be working on one project,
but suddenly something happens, and I'm thinking about another project 
I have coming up. Unfortunately, I will stop what I'm doing, jump to 
that project, and make some notes. 

I like to have music in my office while I'm working, and there are times
I hear a song that reminds me of something, and I have no projects in 
the works associated with that, so I'm developing now a new project. 
Whether that project gets finished or not, it's tough to tell. 

I could stop having new ideas today and continue working on what's on
the table for the next ten years. 

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