Sweet Sacrifice

Daddy and I when I graduated from College more than 30 years ago.

Daddy and I when I graduated from College more than 30 years ago.

 

Today is my Father’s birthday and I am posting this to honor him.

One of the advantages of working as a Virtual Assistant is that we can spend quality time with our loved ones. Something, I wish I did in my younger years.

 

Now at this time Mary arose and went with haste to the hill country…

Luke 1:39

My Daddy had arthritis. This means that he cannot take long walks. More so, he could not climb flights of stairs. If ever he is forced to, it takes him a very, very long time because he stops every so often.

When I was in college, I encountered a problem in school. The Dean wanted to talk to my parents so that he could settle the problem with them. My folks agreed to go. The Dean’s office was on the third floor and the elevator was out of order that day. I was so preoccupied with my problem, I forgot that Daddy was having difficulty climbing the stairs. Mom and I rushed up to the office and we both talked to the Dean. The meeting did not take long. And by the time we were through, my Daddy has just reached the third floor. I saw my Daddy catching his breath, paused near the top of the stair. We told him the meeting was over. It was another ordeal for him to go down afterwards.

At that time, the meaning of my Daddy’s sacrifice meant little to me. I took for granted what he did and a lot of other things that he has done for me. But deep in my heart, I knew that Daddy loved me. Now, my father has passed away. And the memories bring tears to my eyes. I realize that they mean very, very much to me now. To him, it was not a sacrifice. He wanted to share that moment in my life that was very important to me.

I see that Mary must have been the same. She was overjoyed at the news of the miracle of Elizabeth. And she wanted to share that moment with her.

When we do things for people we love. It will never be a sacrifice. In fact, it will be a joy. Because we do it for love.

– Marisa

 

Time Well Spent

 

 

I know it’s been a while since I’ve checked in on the blog. There were just too many things to do that I hardly had time to sit down and make an update. That’s why I saw it fitting to write about time management.

I read a quote somewhere: ” Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

It’s a challenge trying to juggle the 24 hours given to us in a day to fulfill the humongous tasks required from us. But to me, it all boils down to priorities. I’ve read Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and I just loooooooove the book! He talks about distinguishing what is important and what is urgent. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it. It was life changing for me. Stephen Covey said,  “The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.”

As a home based virtual assistant, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of letting household duties and concerns overtake me.  But because I gain a lot of satisfaction out of crossing out done tasks  from my “things to do” list, I’m motivated to finish that which I have set out to do. So when that time of day comes wherein I will sit down on my little corner with my laptop on, I turn on my “work mode”.  Then everything else will have to wait and take a back seat. I always refer to my checklist of “things to do” which I usually prepare for the start of each week to monitor my progress and also to make sure that I don’t miss out on the essentials. After a task has been done, I cross it out and get that giddy feeling 🙂 Around dinner time, I shift to “family mode” and turn off my computer and become the doting wife to my loving husband.

It can be difficult because I’m oftentimes tempted to work late but my family is my priority and I always keep that in mind. Or sometimes, I get lazy and would like to spend an extra hour in bed but then I have my responsibilities and get up quickly otherwise, I might just choose to give in.

In the beginning, it wasn’t easy and more often than not, I gave in to my temptations. But with the passing of time, eventually I learned to get the hang of it.

Now, I’m really happy as it is because this way my life is balanced and I get to have the best of both worlds.

I guess, Stephen Covey is right when he said: “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.”